Installation problem on IBM Thinkpad A21p
Hi, im a linux newbie.
I have an IBM Thinkpad A21p Type 2629-H2U laptop, i tried installing freespire 2.0.8 but the graphics was all messed up and some error message appeared (i couldn't read it because the graphics was messed up). Then i tried Fedora 7 and when i get to the installation part the graphics was messed up again.
I also tried installing a very old Red Hat ( i don't know the version, but it was from around 2002) and after i finished the installation, when i reboot, i only get the command line even though i installed GNOME and KDE.
What i mean by the graphics getting messed up is that the screen looks like its split in three vertical parts and merged, if i place the mouse cursor in certain places, two pointers would appear and other places it disappears. I don't know how else to describe it.
This is my hardware description ( as far as i know, i may get some things wrong ) :
CPU Intel Pentium III mobile 850 MHz
Memory 512 MB (2x256)
Video ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M3 AGP 2x, TV-Out SVideo,
TV-in(Phillips SAAxxx)/TV-out, 16 MB RAM
Harddisk IBM, 30GB 5400 rpm
CD/DVD 4xCDRW/8xDVD/24xCD, Ultrabay2000
PCMCIA 2x PCMCIA Slots
Display 15.1 Inch, 1600x1200 (I'm not sure about the resolution)
Sound Cyrus Logic Crystal 4614/22/24
Communication 3Com Combo Mini-PCI 3c556B, 10/100MBit LAN and with Modem
Floppy 3.5 Inch Floppy built in
IrDA Fast IrDA 4MBit
Any help would be appreciated, i'm willing to try any Linux distribution (probably free distributions). Thanks.