Ah well as I said its just a personal opinion most people find no problems with GRUB and its more capable than some other options (and yes I know it should be GRand Unified Bootloader not universal but I was trying to do several things at once!:-)
Partly though I`m bumping this thread back up to see if anyone has any comments about the problems with the auto-partitioner. I had not tried the install on a dual drive system until today but used it successfully on several other single drive comps. with and without Windows partitions. Can anyone offer an explanation?