I thought I should come back and say that I did the whole thing again today and took the chance of installing the drivers. They worked!
What I did was disable zonealarm and Norton antivirus and disconnect my network cable!
Also I think that when I installed late last night I may have asked for digital outputs to be the default and I dont have these. In haste and tiredness I misread the question and thought it meant the negative so I clicked yes! That might have been what did it, human error coupled with an important question. tick here for digital tick here for analog might have been safer!
You actually have to have a version of playcenter installed to install the new downloaded playcenter so I got out the live value disc and installed v1.53a. My system completely crashed again. This is utterly unbeleivable. What is wrong with these poeple?
IS there anyone who can speak english well enough to state precisely what we are supposed to do? Is there no attempt to actually help their customers?