Dropping down to cli causes no end of difficulties (to me) compounded by the additional problem mentioned in OP - ie "eth0: auto-negotiating..." loop keeps interfering with attempts to type anything so it becomes awfully hard to keep track of what I type. But more of that later or as a separate thread.
In short, had to reinstall yet again (twice actually)!
Anyway, this last time, have learnt from previous mistakes and taken it step by step. So far, have determined that all effects (Compiz) and the improved (faux?) resolution of 1280x1024 only becomes available after in stalling nvidia "latest" via MXWA. But although usable the incorrect ratio is not satisfactory, as mentioned before, applying the correct ratio is much worse with absolutely appalling fonts.
So before proceeding further the "eth0..." problem needs to be resolved.
As a process of elimination, I tried the liveusb with no modifications and the problem is still there. Tried it on another machine and no problem. Also, attached to the same monitor, the correct resolution is available (though not by default).
My conclusion is that "eth0" issue probably related to the (wretched FoxConn) mobo, perhaps in combination with the nvidia drivers. Yet that problems goes away when it is actually given a cable connection.
As far as I know the problem does not affect other distros - but haven't had to drop to cli in them!
As another possibility, I will check bios for Wake On Lan, but why would that not affect others...
kmathern wrote:Speaking of nvidia-settings, you should be able to fix the resolution by running it. The 'Xorg -configure' command I mentioned earlier should also work.
Not quite sure what brought the last install to its knees (it's all becoming a blur) but assume if successful, xorg.conf.new should be renamed to replace xorg.conf?