Husse, Quick update, I followed your post - viewtopic.php?f=46&t=18591#p111020
. Embarassed to have missed this.
As you predicted Usplash repaired, suspend and hibernate now work - a little slow to resume in comparison with the ZW XFCE4.6 setup - but still the same problem with battery detection when on mains power.
I suspect that the hibernate restore slowness is due to the Mint partition being 88% full whereas the ZW partition is only 45% full. Not sure why the suspend resume is slow as the info is stored in RAM as I understand it.
Any with the remaining batterry detection problem, no disk checking and need to replug after boot. Can I downgrade Gnome power manager or install XFCE power manager (maybe by upgrade to XFCE4.6)?