I have tried to install several flavours of Linux on my laptop, a samsung X30 but none of them seems to work.
I have tried Ubuntu, knoppix, .. Mint, of course but anytime I boot from CD or USB key, the text part is OK but as soon as graphics is commutated, I see a black screen with vertical or horizontal lines and I cannot reach control with CTRL/ALT F1.
I have tried an old version of Knoppix V3 and it boots OK. The graphical area is reduced but all is OK.
My graphic card is Nvidia GeForce FXGo5200 32M/64M.
Under Windows, all is OK and the graphical area is as wide as the screen (mode 1280x800).
I have tried to blindly open a terminal and type "sudo killall gdm" but no success. My keyboard is european and during boot, the characters are changed so I am not sure of what I type.
I have tried various options during boot (vga=789 to invoke 800x600 or vga=792 to invoke 1280x768) nothing work. When I use vga=792, the booting screen is enlarged when in text mode but when it commutes to graphics, the screen gets scrambled.
Would you have any idea to debug the problem and force linux to use the right drivers? Any help appreciated - I am impatient to get rid of XP that runs woese and worse. Thank you.