I should mention that this has happened to me with two different distributions. One was Debian, which i uninstalled, and the other is Slackware, which is currently installed. Both are the most recent versions, if i recall, 5.05 and 13.1. Whenever i would type startx, on Debian my monitor would black out and tell me that its out of range. On Slackware, my monitor stays lit, but black, and tells me nothing. I'm fairly certain that its the same problem affecting both distributions. If i had to guess, i would say its a driver issue, since when i run the OS's virtually inside windows, there aren't any video/x server issues to speak of. My graphics 'card' is an integrated intel HD graphics card that came with the i5. Another caveat to mention is i do not have internet currently working for the linux install. I figure i would tackle the x server first, then go after wireless. Any help is appreciated, and I will gladly provide more information as needed. Thank you.