Tried on-board raid disabled and enabled and the both suse raid on and off, if you know what I mean all combinations have been tried and either get no boot and sync errors.... I think the kernal is 2.4.... I suppose a last resort might be to re-compile with 2.6.... but I am not that good on linux and dont think I could do it.
Not sure what will be on the new raid card but on their web site it did say suse is supported so fingers crossed.
Yeah got debian down before the weekend so I might give that a bash and see what I can do with it.
Thanks for your posts