For fucks sake….
Reinstalling windows, again, on the laptop….
First time in 18 hours.
Required a reboot after installing .net, corrupted system….
Screw it, downgrading to Windows 7, which of course means that wifi wont install, and the video driver may be hosed, but screw it, as long st the little USB GPS dongle works (apparently it works better in 7 anyway) and I can still re enable Ubuntu after this install all is well.
Windows has not made a good OS since XP, if 7 does not behave I think I may try installing windows XP pro, because apparently XP pro can handle a quad-core processor just fine (and it should be screaming fast).