working!!! dont know how. i gave up last night. booted it up when i got in from work tonight and she's running. weird. cant explain in. windows did have a half hour update session last night. not sure if that was weirding it out.
only complaint. why are all graphics cards the wrong way round??? you'd think all that lovely engineering would be on the top so you could see it. not facing the bottom of my coolermaster. crazy!!!!
cheers for the suggestions