Hey people, me back again.
Ok, I am a step further along the process.
I have kubuntu 804 installed on a 9600 G3400 with 276mb ram.
During the install I would have bet the farm I told it to install the Desktop packages, but it did not.
So I used apt-get to install the kubuntu, if I check it checks out ok.
When I try and startx - I get the message no screens found with a valid configuration. and it errors out and drops me back to the command line.
I am using an ATI Mach64 GT card it will do 1024 x 768 in 24bit on a 19" ColorSync monitor.
I have tried using the xorg.config failsafe.. did not help, it said I did not have a vesa driver..so I apt-get vesa, did not work.
when I try and do the xorg configuration over again it asks 8 questions on keyboards and I dont get asked about video drivers or screen resolution and then black screen and i need to re-boot. It also askes for the bus the card is on.. HOLY CRAP! and the the lspci response I get does not match the input format the config wants.