Hi Leeky, jobeard, (et al) I hope one of y'all can help. My first excursion into linux; decided to explore it as a tool for accessing otherwise inaccessible data on an unbootable system... seeing it as a tool for helping others with troubleshooting. My difficulty is this... I built a thumb installation of Ubuntu, using the Ubuntu on-line guide and the latest distro from Ubuntu. When I set up my system to boot from the thumb, it started to boot, but then "black screened". First I lost my signal to my external monitor, so I just unplugged it and turned off the computer, and re-powered-on. This time the boot process showed on the normal laptop screen, but again it black-screened. So, I tried again this time using Leeky's guide here. Similar results, though Leeky uses a different USB creator. This time I get the Ubuntu loading screen... with the dots underneath, then it changes breifly to a black screen with a few rectangles of differing heights, (burgundy/reds mostly, with horizontal lines through them) dead center in the screen, before quickly going completely black. I notice that "Lili" is stating... Are the Lucid Lynx parameters actually for Mac hardware? My guess is that Ubuntu is not correctly recognizing and (loading drivers for) my video card, but I am at a total loss as to what I should do about it. Try a different distro? Thoughts?