Thanks for replying, looking further into the installation of this card (following the wiki guide which I found by a bit of perceveriance - http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/MintWifi
) my PC just does not recognise the card, I've sent an email to MSI to ask if they have any knowledge if the card is compatible or not with their mobo, they replied and said they have nothing on record to say otherwise. I emailed Edimax and am awaiting confirmation from them.
(However I do think that at the very least the lights should come on when I turn the PC on to tell you it's working and it doesn't do that, so I'm kind of guessing the card is dead - TBC).
My PC I built myself so I know that the card is installed correctly, I also have a firewire card in one of the other PCI slots and this is recognised by 'lspci' in the terminal, I've tried all three PCI slots on my mobo and the firewire card is recognised in all the slots, the LAN card is not.
I'll keep the forum posted with an outcome...