With regards to the BIOS issue, the only settings I can change in my BIOS and would imagine it will be the same for everyone is:
Date & Time, Boot Sequence and a couple of other bits that really don't make any difference to what happens.
I think I may have worked out a work around, but I have not tested it yet to find out if it will actually work.
The work around that I think may work is using the recovery discs, FSC has kindly supplied a Drivers and Utilities disc which is how you would complete the recovery, BUT they have also supplied another disc which if the recovery disc didn't work for some reason i.e. a new piece of hardware had been installed like a HDD, this second disc takes you through the installation process like a normal format and install.
My thinking is that if I use this process when it has loaded the setup files and I get to the End User Liecence Agreement I can then take that disc out and continue the install using XP Pro.
Like I say I have not tried this yet, but will do soon, as it looks like I need to actually take it back and get it exchanged as the "L" key keeps on coming dislodged and coming away from the keyboard, this I am hoping is a "one off" and not a sign of things to come, as I have found that this is a very nice notebook. I have only had it for a week but I am impressed with it so far.