"Running in live CD mode proved to be problematic for Kubuntu,
but I was able to verify the operation of the new Nvidia video
chip. I also had to use a wired Ethernet connection, because wifi
wouldn't connect to my access point.
"Installing from the KDE desktop didn't work at all while in
live CD mode. For some reason none of the applications under the
big 'K', except Konqueror, seemed to want to execute. Rebooting
with the 'Install' option worked fine.
"Repartitioning the disk, always traumatic for me, was simple
and straightforward. The 320 GB disk was split into 3 partitions,
one little DOS thing, a 150 GB slot for Vista, and a 130 GB slot
for Data. I elected to split the Data partition into a 100 GB Linux
OS block with the remainder being allocated for data and whatever
swap needed to be configured. The change went smoothly and before
long I had a new system on /dev/sda6. At some point I'll go back
and re-allocate only 50 GB for Vista and divvy up the rest for data