So far, when i fire it up I can only get 1 row out of the two to light up with solid squares. Does this mean the screen is faulty or have I miss connected one of the leads?
the second mystery comes when I use the liquid crystal tutorial, the squares are wiped off the screen and I am no longer able to see ANYTHING
If you have an LCD with -14- pins I think this is the tutorial you need to look at:
Watch how you connect to that LCD as the pinout shown is reverse from what you need.