Hiya O-P, Thanks for that (bookmarked and copied down), I tried that, got as far as "mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/here" and no matter what it couldn't/wouldn't find my hard drive.
Got tired of futzing around and tried to reinstall, all seemingly went well till the end when it said "couldn't write to that file (or words to that effect) and since it had already formatted sda1, well that was that. Tried it again , no luck.
Then I used my new "passport" drive and went fairly well, using it now ;). I thinking I may have a bad mobo as it has a hard time keeping my settings in bios, boot order in particular, gets old having to check the bios before I boot up everytime.
So between my live usb and external hdd I'm good for now I guess.