Well for starters, it was a problem with my kernel. Given that I have a "Mass storage controller" that's SATA, by Intel, I had not enabled:

# CONFIG_SATA_AHCI is not set

So I had to go back into the kernel and enable it (sorry, can't remember where exactly in the kernel it is)

That was MY solution to THAT problem, of course it may not work for everyone, and I have more problems which I'm sorting out now, but it's getting better.

Hope this helps pilgrimoid. Please post a topic if you need help and I'll try and help you if I can.