All images are screen captures taken while trying to boot up PCLOS 2012 in a virtual machine. The boot options are......splash=verbose debug 3
This first image is of the XFdrake / Xorg config output. Because of the VM, the video card is not correctly detected.
When trying to boot up on basic hardware (no VM), the video card is reported as.........
ATI Radeon HD2000 and later (radeon / fglrx) - the Xorg driver reported as fglrx.
The actual video 'card' in the laptop is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD5470
When XFdrake output is confirmed, the system says to re-boot which is senseless - the only thing to do is to confirm XFdrake which returns you to the terminal prompt and try and start the graphical server with..................startx
This second screen shot shows the output of the command "startx".
Shortly after this text o/p, a post login splash screen appears and the 5 icons gradually appear.
This third screen shot is the final output of the boot process. There IS a movable mouse but nothing happens when any of the icons are clicked - tha system is unusable.
When attempting to boot the LiveCD on basic hardware, the system always crashes after the "startx" output.
There are various logs and machine state snapshots available if they are of any interest.
Will be pleased to supply any of these on request or run any specific tests.
When booting up with this DVD on the basic hardware, I'm ALWAYS able to get to the localhost login and get a terminal / command line with root privileges.
I don't know enough about the finer points of setting up the graphical server from there but would appreciate any advice as that seems to be the right way to go from this stage.