So I had been having problems getting unetbootin to create a working USB drive that I could install Ubuntu from. It would get as far as startup, I'd hear the african noises, then get a black screen.

Someone suggested I use the alternative install cd, so I used unetbootin to put that iso onto my usb drive. This worked.

However, I only have command line access to ubuntu right now... how would I go about adding the various graphical elements? I have a Thinkpad X201, with the following hardware specs:

Intel® Core™ i5-520M
500GB 7200RPM 2.5" SATA
4GB PC3-8500 RAM
Intel HD graphics

Any help is greatly appreciated, I'm pretty proficient with the command line, but this is pretty major and I have no clue where to begin.