Well kind of, up and running again, a few key points to remember for the future, to ensure this installs smoothly verify the following:
1) Apache mod_rewrite is installed
2) Correct Directive exists in the apache conf.
3) The .htaccess file is in place and correctly edited.
Note the software can run without the mod_rewrite but its get fugly, merely changing an option in the config.php sorts it out.