OK, have started to get somewhere.
Created a new user and a shared folder and was able to access with samba no problem, so I guess its something in my /home partition thats causing the problem.
Have had a quick glance but nothing stands out as a possible cause.Will do further digging.
Any hints ?
Thanks for your time from the other side of the world.
Am sitting in France waiting for the Rugby world cup in september - any ideas who maybe favorite