I was able to get a succesful config using xorgconfig. I had booted into linux (command line only), i ran startx and I get several windows, but all that comes up is three terminals, and something like xclock. Is that normal, did I set something up wrong? What window mananger would have a application menu, and perhaps some more gui related apps. I'm not much a comand line expert. Thanks again for all of your help.
One other question, it's a laptop, so it's got an LCD, how would I figure out what the refresh and sync rates would be? Would I have to check the manufacturers specs or is there a command I can run?