Tried the digital cable, was sure the phono idea was completly wrong but had nothing to loose!! I have solved it tho! YEY, just for reference in case any one else is interested, the speaker / headphone jack on the front of the laptop also functions as an optical-out! When getting something out of a draw I was at head height with the laptop and noticed a nice red glow from the socket! Learn (and forget) something new every day!!! A standard optical cable with one of those converters and all should be good..
Cheers for the ideas tho.