thankyou for posting a reply and appologies for my punctuation and lack of line breaks (
there appear to be a few makes/models that are all similar,hy12 twinhead ,averatec 2460 notebook)
the problem it hangs/freezes almost straight away when trying to boot from disk http://www.fitzenreiter.de/averatec/index-e.htm
the above links explain the problem in depth which is to do with 8139too:realtec 8139c ethernet driver(mmio)
as far as i can gather it needs to be pio instead of mmio
i have downloaded a few bits to read but not the i,s,o with the modified kernel for 2 reasons
1. i would like to know what i am doing and why
2. for no other reason i would like to duel boot mint rather than ubuntu
thankyou again just for replying as a newbie and struggling it does get a bit frustrating .
on the subject of "phillips doing a lappy" the x59 is a duel,core 1.6ghrz that comes with vista premium a 12.1 screen 4hr batt life and a hardy little piece of kit
they just dont appear to be very linux friendly
i would just like to add one other point and that is when i finally get mint installed and running i will list it here so that other's with the same lappy will have a starting point .
once again thankyou .