Originally Posted by rjd
Is there some way to fine tune the distro to include appropriate drivers before burning the ISO image to CD?
Yes, it is called remastering. I've never done it myself so I don't know how hard it is to do.
As to where the appropriate drivers are, they are probably online. Not sure if you can build them and then store them on a USB drive or not. Again, I only use liveCD's for recovery. Most of the time I don't even boot the graphical interface.
You should be able to find a liveCD that contains the radeon driver (for that matter, it might already be loaded -- type lsmod |grep radeon
and lsmod |grep ati
to see what driver is loaded by default. I suspect your problem is really the monitor settings in xorg.conf....