Dear fellow MDL people, I come to you today with a vague issue that has literally been plagueing me for a few years now. Although I am a heavy windows user I genuinly like and am interested in using more Linux solutions. In fact I am more than willing to invest time in it. However I seem to keep running into the same or at least similar issues. Wanting to find out which distro would work best for me and for which application I downloaded countless ISO's over the last few years. However I would say that 80~90% of them just did not start up properly. Your typical distro/live CD will boot into a menu where you can choose normal/safe mode and sometimes some other options like install or run from memory etc. So far mostly ok. However after i make my selection I get greeted by a blank screen, and that's where things end. Since there are no error messages visible I am totally clueless as to why this keeps happening (to me). Initially I thought it was just hardware incompatibility of some kind. However I use a fairly diverse mix of old and new computer systems to test on. Mostly nothing exotic and regular Intel based hardware. Even in Vmware I still encounter these issues sometimes. All I have managed to do is play with the "VGA=" option but that never fixed the issue on any occasion. I'd be very excited if someone could give me some suggestions to help me track down the root cause (even if it were down to my own stupidity somehow).