I have been getting slightly frustrated with my lack of sucess with my mce install so am going to take a break for a few months and come back to mce after that. Sad but true, i need something that meets my needs now and mce just inst there yet for me.
I have been working on a newbies install guide / MCE usermanual for a while (in between reinstalls). It is not finished but i think if finished it would add real value to the project. Linked is my first draft, or at least as far as i have got with it so I am hoping someone else will pick up the document and complete it.
Thanks to everyone that helped me with my setup, I just need a break as frustration was making moves forward difficult.