After reading ubuntuforums, I decided with fresh re-install (using the ubuntu remix version- I figure it has a few additional boot/power tweaks with it).
Installation went OK. Booted up, and switched to the more "classic" desktop (rather than the iphone-looking interface).
After running the jaunty nc10 repository fixes and rebooting, the gnome-panel fails to load on startup. there are some errors when loading in terminal (but it does load). however, after rebooting, it goes away again. uninstalling all the netbook remix stuff fixed the problem. I'm not sure if I'm gonna try to re-install the "remix" packages just yet... anyone else have this problem?
I encountered a problem connecting a microsoft bluetooth mouse in Jaunty, and the fix for it is here:https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... bug/343727