Hi, thanks for the reply.
I have tried doing a conversion but i came to a white screen when i start the conversion process. according to the guide @ http://netenberg.com/phpBB/docs/INSTALL.html#convert
the problem might lie in the memory_limit and max_execution_time settings which i already have requested my host to increase. still im getting the same problem. I am at the moment requesting for the error log from the webhost but in the meantime if anyone knows anything about the problem your help would be much appreciated