This is perhaps the n00biest question ever. gulps
I am trying to install Linux (any distro, at this point) on a Dell Precision 390. The livecd always hangs and I'm trying to figure out what to do.
I started with Fedora 12. The livecd hung, so I added "single" to the boot option. Everything was going swimmingly until the boot process reached this line:
setting dpms mode 3 on CRTC 1
I don't know what this means, but google tells me this has something to do with graphics hardware or X or something. I tried adding "vga" to that line to no avail.
Then I tried the latest Ubuntu, 9.10. Similarly, I hang when I select "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer" (whether or not I select "Safe Graphics Mode".)
So my question is: how can I make this work? What information do I need to provide to figure out what is going wrong? Is it specific to my computer (being that 2 distros haven't worked) or something else?
I am hesitant to do a text-only install - I feel like if I do that, then when I boot this thing up for real, I will still have graphics-related issues. Help?
Dell Precision WorkStation 390
Intel Core 2 CPU (1.86 GHz)