@matt - if it helps, I have been a software developer for over 17 years. Just not Linux. So the windows/linux crossover gets things a little muddled. And what is it that has you thinking it's most likely a different issue? I'm also not looking for lessons in how computers work.
@jhermann - thanks. Again though, removing something and putting something else in its place because of, what likely comes down to a configuration issue is frankly odd. It seems that every time I venture into Linux-land and come across a problem the answer is pretty much always "delete it and start again with this, or that" - as opposed to helping figure out the actual underlying problem; this is something that keeps me away from open source; rightly or wrongly.
So what this boils down to is: Are there some things I can do to validate my install. Changing config for more logs etc.
I cannot believe the only way to resolve an install issue is to delete something, start again and just pray to god that i don't have an issue on the other 2 options. One of my most upvoted questions (and also my own answer) on Stack Overflow was because I missed a step in something. It turns out that thousands of other .Net developers had done the same thing. Not one person recommended dumping the idea in place of something else because a step was missed.