Now I soon go looking for a bottle of wine. I have not found anything I can put my finger on. The status is however that after having re-installed GRUB things have brightened up.
1.. Idly wondering to do next I ran my two home made poorman LiveHDD installs and carefully noted the result.
I am presented with text login, which responds to user/password
startx gets video going nicely, all looks working fine
On exit I must use the finger dance ctl+alt,PrtScr,B but it terminates correctly with a restart
2.. Ran the LiveHDD of minime2010.12 latest download I have been using. The LiveHDD was made with Just19 script Alpha-9. Running the minime LiveHDD was also perfect, so before deciding to shut it down I decided to try to install from this run to the recalcitrant /dev/sda2.
Reformatted /sda2 first ext4, checked partition was empty
From running minime LiveHDD in konsole I used the draklive-install
Installed without letting install routine format partition (uncheck at the right time)
Grub session came up perfectly too
Shutting down the running LiveHDD also terminated perfectly no suspicous or early stopping.
3.. Rebooted pc and used my old stanza for my lost minime and it worked
Presented with the first time login screen asking for details. I am now using the bare minime system right now and will very soon make a remaster for future use.
Next step I will re-install from my remastered minime system with all customisation. (Bit tough for a diehard Opera user having to use Konqueror)