I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop (32-bit) on an IBM ThinkCentre E50. It keeps failing on trying to give me a GUI to work with. I either get a black screen, or the monitor flips on and off as if it's trying to find the correct resolution.
It appears this thing has an SiS 661FX video chip, and that appears to be a common issue. Here is the full specs for the machine:
I've tried using nomodeset and nolapic, apci=off, etc., in various combinations without any luck. I also noticed it's not actually adding those options to the install command line, so I've also tried adding them by hand before the "quiet splash" option. No luck.
Any suggestions? I've got a lab of these things in a school and I'd like to turn them all into Linux clients. Ubuntu is preferable, but I'm game to try something else. Linux Mint RC15 Cinnamon is having the same boot issue.
Edited to add: Linux Mint RC15 will boot in Compatibility Mode, and I get a notice the system is "running in software rendering mode" and there is no hardware acceleration. I'm fine with this if I can get Ubuntu 12.04 to at least boot.