Hello, I've not progressed any further, and it's been a while since I've booted to Linux. Tonight after work I'll do that and see where it stands.

To answer your question, I've used Linux Mint 12 on it before, and if I remember correctly, it ran pretty well, but I didn't like how it did a few things, so I came back to Ubuntu.

How would I go about disabling the power manager, and how would that affect things?