oh DARN it!
All was going well, or at least I thought it was, until I tried to reboot the USB installation and I got kernel panic errors... I should have read on to start with!
Samac, can you recommend a live-cd to use for the purpose of following your guide - there isn't a Slackware version that I can find. I can't use an internal hd to layout out a working install because it is completely committed to WinXp and I just can't afford to mess with it.
ps They new CDs have arrived!