I took coco's suggestion and was able to format the MicroSD via the adaptor on PCC. Copied a remaster from last year using LUSBC ... and am now just waiting for a build to finish so I can reboot and test whether I can boot from the card reader or if I would still need to use the adapter.
I'm not sure why zero-out did those and I can't remember if I formatted the card after zero-out... too many things! Sorry, guys.
I'll post the results after a reboot.
Archie I have used this form of testing PCLOS since summer 2010, I take the livecd and install PCLOS on usb memory like a hard drive, putting in the usb ext4 partition, swap and the MBR, then select the bios to boot from the USB (with adapter if is an SD card).
If the iso is 32bit use Virtual Box to boot the livecd and install, if the iso is 64bits use Unetbooting o
LinuxLive USB Creator to create a liveusb and then boot from the liveusb (with other usb memory where the system was installed) and install 64bit version in the other usb memory.
Normally no BIOS supports booting from the card reader.
Sorry for my bad english.