Originally Posted by lonecrow
My cd does boot, and I can clearly see the system coming up... Only when it tries to start X, all I have is a black screen with nothing on it. If I type someting though, I get a sound and everything (This means it has booted).
My graphic card is a Mobility radeon X700 from ATI. Is there any command I could pass to the kernel before it boots the live cd?
Ok lets see, on the Main boot there are no real drivers a base of just VGA mostly. As for it not showing the Display, how old is your laptop, I am finding many pre 2001 Laptops are not able to Run most Newer Linux Distributions. Tested on a Toshiba, some E-Machines and some off the wall brand, some with nVidia others Intel one I think had a radeon but they were all 2001 or older and did not boot up at all, Some would not even read the CD.
After the Install you can get the Drivers, so what you might try to do is setup a system then use the Disk to ISO tools and make an Installable ISO for it. This could be the only solution.
I would venture to say that maybe a Mandriva Live One 2007 might be worth a Try if this is not working, I am on my Mandriva Power Pack 2007.1 system and though it is a 64 Bit Version, the 32 Bit comes on the Same DVD and it's smart enough to find a proprietary Driver on the install.
AS for PCLinuxOS later ATI cards do work as well as nVidia as my nVidia is a EVGA Geforce FX5200 on that machine. Checks something in Synaptic
Ok there is a problem here, All the ATI drivers touch on Mobility 9500 up to X1900 on the ATI driver on the Legacy its 9000 to X1800 so I think a new Laptop or an older Distribution of Linux though the Mandriva Spring 2007.1 has some Very interesting things, looks in the package manager and sees what we have for ATI here, ok kind of out of Luck here too, I know Slackware will work, so will Debian 4.0.
These will require no Hardware updates, otherwise its time to Buy a more up to date Laptop for the more Up to Date Linux Distributions.
I researched it so hope this helps