I installed ubuntu on a new drive when my old one started to fail, following the same instructions that had worked before, with the same 5.10 Install CD, working with http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_ubuntu_5.10_p2
(using the server install option as opposed to ubuntu's default client option).
After two attempts, I can confirm that this installation does not include the xserver, since no X11 directory appears in /etc, although I don't recall any problems like this on my earlier install.
So I started installing these packages:
xfonts-base, xfonts-100dpi, xfonts-scalable packages
The install order is probably wrong, since I installed them as I discovered they were missing/needed. On restart, the Xserver error is 'cannot stat /etc/X11/X - no such file.' Also, there's no xorg.conf file in /etc/X11.
I have a nVidia GEForce2 MX 32MB card and probably need to get/install an nVidia package for it, but I need to work out the X windows install procedures first...let me know what packages to install, in what order. I don't know if a third fdisk will jeopardize the stability of my new hard drive, but it may be quicker that uninstalling and reinstalling packages with all the dependencies involved.