I decided to put things back the way they were in my recordset and the search worked straight away. So again I thought Ok I should be able to go to my other page and set up a link that would go to the search page and set the parameters to pick up the cookie variables, but that doesnt seem to work either. I know the cookie is working because the elements (drop down boxes) are retaining the values everytime and I can also display the cookie value on the details page.
I feel it is right within my grasp but not sure what I am doing wrong.
Hope that helps, you can still log in to the site useing the link and password i provided in my previous post.