Well, I might concede that installing a linux distro is marginally easier than finding an appropriate girlfriend
I now manage to boot into command line with init 3
Can run vasm and change various options
Have read various threads and tried various options, still no x
DSL needs fb1240x768 to run x
fb and fbdev don't seem to work on VL
machine doesn't seem to like vesa
Video would seem to be s3 virge mx capable of running up to 1280x1024 24bit true colour
When it goes into black screen mode the only thing I seem able to do is switch off and switch on again.
Anybody got any clever ideas?