Shame about the v15. My v12 does not experience these problems, so I will have to ask around and find a v15 I can borrow. I will ask my girlfriend's nephew and see if that pans out. The only major differences are ext3 and image support [ still many hours it took to get that ;-) ] In the meanwhile, I think I will try network boot from samba like peterdcrees.
@peterdcrees - Any success with network boot?