Well, As I was messing about trying a few different options to get x to start, after I'd tried a few xorg.conf options and whilst using fb default setup from vasm, I decided to throw in a vga= option, actually vga=791, to the boot command, which was kind of consistent with the options being specified to xorg.conf - Bingo, there, suddenly was X!!! Whilst I understood that the vga= option on boot only has an impact to console display, it gives the impression that if boot couldn't make a transition from like to like it was just falling over? Does that sound crazy? If I launch without vga=xxx then it continues to give me the black screen and system suspended.
Well, having got this far, I'm left with a number of immediate issues to resolve;
1. Booting from grub fails with a message - No setup signature found. I've tried a few options
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-126.96.36.199 root=/dev/hda2 ro vga=792
initrid (hd0,1)/boot/initrid (tried this a couple of ways and with and without)
Anybody experienced with grub boot commands for VL?
2. VL launch now chooses to shutdown my network card. Whereabouts is the network/internet connections configured manually?
3. Everything suggests Alsa has failed to set up sound correctly, it should be trying to connect the ES18xx driver, is there a way I can do this manually? Alsa also seemed no go on DSL, but some software (xmms) didn't work, but others did, without, apparently, having the sound chip configured?
So, with every little step of progress, seems there's always going to be something more to do?