thanks but the hard disk routine is what i had already done. I get a screen full of
Probing  USB and SATA devices to startup the system…
Probing [2-9] USB and SATA…
Kernel Panic – not syncing : VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(1,2)
I looked into it but i was unable to resolve, even setting the disk to IDE mode in BIOS didn’t seem to help any.
And it doesn’t matter for the system to boot from USB stick really, so long as the network works…
I looked into compiling a driver but i got scared off with talk of developer images and such. Any more clues?
with thanks and appreciation 🙂