Perhaps I should not have installed so late in the night but I thought it would be a piece of cake, well it was but did not work. I am now writing from LXDE and I have done some of my customisations, the biggest installing Opera, I would not like to be without the: Right Click > Copy the address of the current page, Have found neither in Konky or FireFox this facility ( have not looked real hard either if this can be programmed).
Back to the problem:
1.. I even did a mediacheck to see what I was up against, PASS
2.. At one stage I just could not umount /dev/sda2 the LXDE / partition, the only partition I allocate. I have a common swap for all installs on this drive.
3.. I had forgotten to disconnect my external USB hard drive which holds backup systems and for some reason GRUM had fond a swap partition here
4.. For some time I was held back by the terrible UUID as I had forgotten to LABEL the partition, well I had not I had already prepared the partition with ext4 and allocated a label, but of course LXDE reformatted the partition and took out the lable I assume. The LABEL helped focussing on the stanzas.
5.. Correcting my menu.lst still did not solve the problem.
At that stage I thought I had spent enough time so I repeated the install with the USB disconnected and I think this fixed the problem with the crash, I have to fix up my GRUB menu which has become a two page menu system but one page should be enough.
Well I will declare this solved.