ok an update,
I have tried install the alternate CD still without any luck, this time in stead of getting the “cannot allocate resource” message I get the install screed, select “install”, the programme starts and I think I get into the main window, I only think as I cannot make out what is on the screen, instead of getting a desktop window I get a load of lines across the screed, I can see the select bar moving up and down by the change in colour but have know idea what any of it says.
I should also mention that I am using a s-video out when install as it is linked direct to a TV not a monitor, but I do not believe this should make a difference as I get the Bios window with out trouble.
Have also tried acpi=off etc with the same results.
Any ideas! Anyone!