Firstly, I use PCLOS on my desktops, great, no problem. BUT I have tried with all desktop variations to boot up on the above laptop. They all fail, usually by stopping when a selection box appears for the keyboard, no text is shown and it goes no further. With the 2010 version it gets to opening the desktop but as soon as I click anywhere the desktop crashes and I have to log in again. I have tried booting with all the various options like VESA, Safe settings, no APIC etc, etc. but that is the closest I get. The strange thing is that although it's a slightly elderly laptop, the latest MEPIS 8.5 works a treat the drawback being that their software repo is way behind ours in terms of being up to date. Any ideas lovely people?