The laptop in question is a new Acer V3-771 with i5-3210M processor and incuded HD4000 graphics driving a 900x1600 screen (no other graphics system) with two hard disks one of which is full of Windows 8 (ugh) and one of which is empty.
I have had no joy installing pretty much anything on this system, with the sole exception of Fedora 18 Beta - my preferred option would have been Mint 14.1 which is what I started with.
- Mint 14.1: runs as a live USB but only on the alternate video mode and from a BIOS boot - not UEFI. Performs the installation but locks up forever partway through the hardware configuration. Won't boot from the disk if restarted which makes sense if there's no boot loader installed... any attempt to move to a terminal locks up with a black screen.
- Gentoo: won't even boot; or rather, it appears to be booting but no text or video output.
- Ubuntu 12.10: won't run as a live USB. Gives a different boot image (text if booted UEFI, graphical if booted BIOS) but both blackscreen a few seconds in. Use of nomodeset helps but it still blacks when it should change the video mode. nomodeset does at least show the boot messages going past but vga=771 has no apparent effect.
- Fedora 18 Beta runs as a live USB, installs - though it crashes after the second boot so I suspect something is not well - and thereafter runs. Gnome 3 is not to my taste, and the graphics are running in some strange non-accelerated mode, I think.
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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
07:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
It looks rather as if the HD4000 sub-system isn't as fully VGA compatible as Intel would claim. I haven't yet investigated installing their drivers, but I suspect what needs to happen is that the 'official' driver finds its way into the next distribution update - I have exactly no idea how to go about doing that with an existing distribution... further googling suggests that there may be a need to go to a later kernel (also mentioned on these fora) and again, I can't see how to upgrade the kernel if I can't get the installation completed so the thing will boot...
Any suggestions gratefully received!