Hello, it is me, carlos the jackal, ( now the hyena. )
I cant log into jackal because I changed my email and password to jibberish and cant remember what it is because I was having a childish tantrum.
First thing first - I realise that I am a complete idi0t of ther highest order ... search for thread close LQ account
I want to apologise for being total nobby tw@t. I am very sorry. So to all you chaps who read or responded, i am sincerely sorry.
Secondly, dont know how, but it came up in google, I have the answer to my riddle (didnt before) ...
BIOS setting : Advanced chipset - memory hole was set to 32mb-48b or something. Memory should be set to disabled. I have disabled the momory hole and Slack 12 installs now.
I would be laughing, singing and drinking and joking normally, were it not for the cloud of shame that hangs over my head. Oh, what a disgrace.
So thanks to all of you who helped or put up with me - I very much appreciate it.
Also, a super thankyou w1k0, who seemed to never give up the search for the resolution of this oddity even though he knew what a total knob i was. Beat that! What a diamond.