I have a Toshiba Satellite M45 that I keep loaning/giving to friends, but that keeps coming back to me when something fails, just in time to fix it and give it to the next person who needs it. When I owned it, the only two Linux operating systems I could get working on it were Gentoo and Fedora Core, but fortunately the people I've lent it to only wanted Windows. But now I have a friend who wants Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is a fantastic operating system for beginners - when it works, everything works spectacularly and effortlessly, and it's a great way to either learn Linux for the first time, or (if you happen to be a lazy admin, like me) to enjoy the benefits of not having to work too hard to set up and maintain a machine.
But when it fails, it fails spectacularly, and you sometimes have to work twice as hard to fix it as you would have if you had just installed Gentoo in the first place. The most notable failure I've had is with its automatic X Windows configuration (i.e., the graphical desktop system). If you've ever tried to install Linux and found yourself staring at a screen of garbage pixels and no mouse capabilities (or worse, a non-graphical console with error messages), this quick fix may be for you.
Today we're going to use Knoppix to auto-generate a configuration file that should work with Ubuntu. ( How to Fix This Problem in About 5 Minutes or Less )