SeaTools checked out my HDD okay, I'll have to live with the noise. Although it is quieter on Linux than Windows XP...
I downloaded Slackware 11.0, it was dodgy on kernel 2.4, with slow mouse, and a few hardware (agpgart) problems. Solved with a 2.6 kernel!
However, I am mounting NTFS partitions read-only, which is what I want, but no users except root can read it, I want everyone to be able to read it and no-one to write to it.
And then the hardest thing of all, how do I install ATI graphics drivers? Just the installer from the site?