If it is Nvidia...
Is your card Nvidia? If so and you are using the Nvidia driver, there is a README that may help you to configure your DVI.
If you have a graphics card from ATI or an onboard Intel graphics chip, I am out of my depth. Are you booting the distributions from a live-cd or installing them? If the latter, are you trying to use the graphics module that is installed, or have you installed a proprietary driver? If that is the case, are you trying to download a driver from the distribution repository or directly from ATI/Nvidia?
The OPTION may be in the your installed "xorg.conf" file, but not all distributions now have one, although such a file can be generated and then edited.
What is your HP system and what graphics card does it have?
More detailed information will help you receive more qualified answers.