Ok folks, if you will go back to the top of this thread and READ what I posted, you will see that I was NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT VL!
YES, I know RC stands for Release Candidate and that there is no promise that it is stable! I simply asked about how I would go about resizing my partition and making space to do a re-install!
I come home tired and check the thread and get the feeling that I'm being called stupid, that I should go back to Windoze and never venture into Linux again! So, yes, I got mad. I apologize for that, but it happens!
I installed an earlier stable release of VL (I think it was 5.7) as recommended and it was working fine. Then I installed Open Office, XXamp, and a few other programs, until I found I was running out of root space! I backed everything I wanted to keep to dvd's (which took a bit of time!), downloaded 5.8 RC3 (which was the latest at that time), wiped the drive and installed RC3. I had read in another thread where Grannygeek (or someone) had stated that they made the root drive as large as possible (after making a swap partition) and installed everything there. So I decided to do the same. Was it a mistake? Maybe, considering I was using an RC instead of a final, but I was tired of fighting for space to install new software.
Anyway, back to the original purpose of this thread! I managed to resize my existing partition and make about 7 GIGS of space free using partedmagic. Installed 5.9 standard-gold to it. I now have about 4.5 GIGS of root space left. VL found my wifi card and I can now connect to the internet. However, when I use VLwifi and check the 'save' and 'boot' options (can't remember exactly what it says, but basically that), it does not seem to work. When I reboot I still have to go to wifi-radar and tell it to connect. It will have the router ESSID, but has not gotten an ip (via dhcp) until I do tell it to connect. Am I still doing something wrong?
Also, how can I install Open Office to the new partition without eating up a lot of root? Or should I wipe software from the current /home (old root) and resize root to make space to reinstall the software? I hate to keep doing that as partedmagic says that you may loose data.
Again, I apologize for loosing my temper earlier - I know Linux has a steep learning curve and hoped to be able to get some help on this forum.