Originally Posted by julianbury
Thank you for all your comments, guys :-)
I am persuaded that sticking with UBUNTU is, after all, the smart thing to do ...
Your new friend,
If you've managed to get it installed Julian, then you only have to tackle the thorny problem of which desktop you prefer. If you got the Ubuntu onto your system then you'll have gnome, so kde is only an "apt-get" away (and if you're familiar with windows, then you'd feel more at home with KDE).
As for the "not starting X" bit, my system is a "PCWorld wonder cheapy" (actually built by medion) thats always been a bit of a pig with it comes to the generic "nv" or "vesa" graphics drivers - it will work, but only on a very limited range of resolutions/refresh rates. I always have to install the proprietary driver from Nvidia, as soon as possible, otherwise it makes life a real PITA trying to read/use the screen in a graphical environment.