I have (eventually) decided to try again installing Vista on my 'real' hardware, instead of in a Virtual Machine. My last three attempts all failed, but I recently changed my graphics card from an ATI x300 to an NVidia 6200 - so my hopes were raised. Anyway, I've cracked open another can of Magners, and slapped the DVD I downloaded last night in ... ... my word... The install has started... keep getting input out of range on my DVI monitor though (and masses of flicker!).