Well since it's a clean install, I doubt it would break anything. Though I definately would have thought twice if I had anything installed. And the reasoning was pretty sound, try to find a kernel with a newer driver. There wasnt a real need to preserve anything so recompiling the kernel just to get the built in video driver working seemed like a pain.
That being said, I installed the latest driver and it didnt work.
so now I was thinking of buying a cheap card, maybe downloading a different LiveCD distro or PC-BSD. I do not want to go back to LM 9 LTS and old Gnome...it's at end of life. In the mean time I have the choice of trying different desktop environments maybe? KDE or XFCE? WindowMaker is kinda fun as it was one of the first one's I ever used and it seems to be a revived project (New update released in 2013!).
I've been using LM13 on my laptop for work and am not giving up on Cinnamon (I LOVE it), but I can not escape the fact that I have an old and really cheap graphics chip that just isn't in the generic kernel's support path. Am I wrong?