...and there was much rejoicing.
After weeks of frustration, the first solution I had tried (typing "sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel" in the terminal) finally panned out. I turned out that after installing the intel driver I had to manually edit my xorg.conf file, replacing the defaut "vesa" driver with the word "intel". Below you can click on the thumbs to see my original 1024 x 768 layout and my new 1440 x 900 goodness. Check out all of that desktop real estate I gained back! Wide open spaces are wonderful, particularly when you're running a seperate OS on a virtual box!
Tune in next time for "The Noble Experiment, Part IV: The Perfect Desktop"