Thanks for the reply. It may seem a bit of a cheek as I'm a newbie but was not impressed that Red Hat's support page has been down - not just for others with problems like myself but heck, they have just released version 9 and the timing of this lack of product support seems illjudged. Anyway took the step of switching to SuSE 8.1 and guess what? Same thing, would not get past the checking partitions line, however SuSE offers Safe Settings alternative and bingo! Loaded up a treat, everything recognised so am now exploring this new world.......!!!