hellonearthisman: I restored my netbook using the build in recovery system but hold F9 while booting.
There is a 5GB hidden partition that contains a Ghost image of the netbook, it was quick as easy to use and 20mins later I had a fresh machine again. After that, I discovered that the hidden partition is now visible, but not a problem.
Oh I tried Ubuntu 9.10 but it's not designed for the netbooks as the GUI for file requesters is too large for the screen, making it useless, maybe there is a Linux gui that is netbook friendly, I have not found it.
Did you try the standard ubuntu 9.10? or the UNR 9.10?
UNR is Ubuntu Netbook Remix, designed for netbooks and does things like turn off toolbars and shrink other graphical features so you can make the most of your limited screen real-estate.
I've got UNR installed, and once you set the display to the correct resolution its not too bad. Haven't quite got wireless networking sorted (drivers for the RT2860 Wifi are not included in UNR build), and i'm just about to reboot into UNR and turn on the multitouch functionality to make the trackpad work like it should.
I've got no dead pixels, noddy76, they should be able to fix that for you as it's not even 30days news.
I'll wait a week and see if anymore develop since it looks like i need at least one bright pixel, or 4 more dead pixels. And by then I should have my desktop back in action.. Its out of action due to an ASUS motherboard having an annoying problem with the front panel sound outputs.