no, i am not ashamed to ask simple questions, those who dont ask questions will not learn
i used that as my signature because people on this site made me feel i should appologise, but the truth is I think that message forums like this have a purpose, and that is one of shared knowledge. and a medium like max/msp thrives when its experts dont mind helping its newbies.
no i havent read the tutorials in their entirety, but i do use them for reference. i dont have time to read them all, i must learn on the job, which is why i use this forum. and when i consider myself learned, i will share my knowledge with others freely and gladly.
and if my lecturer is reading this, i hope he see's it as a resourcful action, and not one that undermines my intelligence.
so thank you for your advice, my system is now working fine