Woah, that's great. All the stuff I was wondering about lately. Could not figure out why Ubuntu gave no boot options any more. Thanks. You also helped because I am running Ub10.10 on a new Dell-Intelchipset laptop, runs great, only needed a wireless fix. But now trying to get it to run also via Persistent 8GB USB on my 2006 hp desktop, with its nVIDIA chipset, and offline. Walls everywhere on that effort. I can't tell you how many times I reinstalled it on the USB.
things to do lists
... sudo nvidia-xconfig....pray a lot. Then throw it in my home desktop machine. Then add all my laptop's deb packages to the offline hp. I'll be surprised if it works! I can always use Mandriva on the hp though, it comes with working nVIDIA drivers. But I'd rather stick to one distro. My brain might spill open if I try to put too much Linux in it ....too late, goodnight.
UPDATE:it didn't work.