'Scuse me Guys... can I butt in?
Actually solved my problem
As I said I had to go into Windows to access the router management to allow broadcast of SSID, back into PCLOS and there she was BUT still wouldn't connect. Now do you remember me saying about this other post I discovered... read all about it here:http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,111763.0.html
the update i.e. wpa_supplicant v1.0.3. I've now gone back to 0.7.3 and hence I'm writing this now... so it wasn't the router as such (other than it's still broadcasting the x00\x00\x00 etc. indicating a <hidden> SSID, but that's hardly an issue now).
What worries me more now is that every time I do a Synaptic update it's going to re-install wpa_supplicant 1.0-3pclos 2012
overwriting the older version until someone fixes this bug.
On the posts above which is a tad technical for me, I would be grateful if someone could summarize what you guys were on about and what the recommended course of action is
I shan't mark this post as [solved] just yet as I think more work needs to be done before my mind is at rest.
But thanks for all your help & support