Originally Posted by TobiSGD
The A8-3850 CPU with its integrated graphics chip is fairly new and may be not well supported from the free radeon drivers, which can cause your issues. I suggest to use a text-mode installer, like the Ubuntu alternative install CD and to install the latest proprietary AMD graphics driver.
I got Alternative install cds for Ubuntu 11.04 1nd 11.10 to install [separate occasions only OS on drive] using the text mode but on reboot following installation the display screen is still blank aka no desktop GUI or prompt visible. I was unable to work my way completely through the expert text install as I was unable to determine how to find some of the information it was requesting or understand why it was asking for or remember what I was looking for. I can't remember details from it but I may go back and try some more later.
Tomorrow: I will be meeting with a [YVLUG/BMLUG local Linux group] fellow for him to assess the situation. However if yo have any further suggestions or help it would be very appreciated. I kind of need maximum prompting or queing to be able to get anything done. Thanx again