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I have tried Ubuntu = live CD loads to blank screen. Was able to load by F4 I think it was and selected safe graphics. Fedora = Never even saw ...
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    I have tried Ubuntu = live CD loads to blank screen. Was able to load by F4 I think it was and selected safe graphics. Fedora = Never even saw anything; no choices to make; totally blank. Suse= Did the install and blank screen; selected safe mode= still blank. I have a Dell Laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 and 1Gb RAM. Default Res 1600 x 900.
    I'm thinking if I can load a live Linux and do some editing, but don't know what.

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    See if you need a BIOS update on the Dell web site. I've had similar problems, but not with Dell laptops - usually older systems w/ integrated Intel graphics and an outdated BIOS. In fact, I have 3 different Dell laptops that all run a variety of Linux distributions without any problems at all.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Yes BIOS is updated. I think it's just ATI. I would never put an ATI card in my PC with Linux distros.

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    Have either of you (AllanP or seasoner) tried a different version of Ubuntu, such as 9.04? Try installing that, or boot without graphics to a console login and see what errors you get when you manually run the startx command.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Have you tried Ubuntu Alternate Installation CD? It has text based installer and it works fine in most of machines.
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