Linux is a steep learning curve, and it never actually flattens out (but then neither does Win or Mac) but the gradient does improve with time and patience. The main thing is that you got round your problem. In the future (if you persevere) you may find the next solution easier. Here's hoping anyway
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).