First off thanks for all the feedback:
Safe graphics mode on the live cd will boot you up into the vesa driver2. I have an integrated nvidia MX440 video card. "nv" drivers hung the system. I was looking for point and click install from Mythbuntu so I did not spend a lot of time troubleshooting at the time.
I recently tried a Ubuntu only install on another system with a 7800GT card with the same results. I had to manually change to the vesa drivers then use restricted package manager to install the nvidia drivers. Worked after that.
There are tons of realtek integrated cards, i'm surprised to see issues with regard to a single one. Did you file a bug ever? I know there has been some chatter on the kernel mailing list about broken alsa stuff, so if you did, hopefully fixes will be in soon.3. I have a realtek integrated sound card. I never was able to get any sound using any of the sound systems (ALSA OSS etc).
Gparted on the disk can be done. I'll see how much more space that adds and see what we can do. As for LVM, if you don't touch your existing LVM groups, they will carry over to a new install. Ubiquity won't wipe things unless you tell it to.I also tried a fresh install of Gutsy which handles LIRC so much easier but had the same "nv" problems so I abandoned both options. It was a little disheartening to see the same serious install bug migrating through distributions like that. On my other system, I saw a grub problem handling boot order for SATA and PATA drives in the same system also cross the distro boundary.
However, much to my delight and amazement, ivtv worked out of the box as did my bane of all existance, LIRC. Excellent work here! (My install of FC7 and LIRC was once again a nightmare!). Also, one attempt at the Mythbunutu fresh install made it all the way through the mythtv setup before the nv drivers hung the system. Very slick job on the integrating the installation. I am really excited about seeing the next revision!
So my one request besides just getting the "nv" thing sorted out and the sound which are both Ubuntu problems is I specifically HAVE to have LVM and a custom partition ability would be nice as well. Even if I upgrade with a newer bigger hard drive I will just add it to my exisiting system.
Excellent work all and THANKS!
After install it'd be a matter of apt-get install lvm2.