I am able to install Ubuntu 11.04, but I have to pass the
ahci=off) parameter to the kernel as part of the installation process. Once the installation process is complete the system will not boot.
By removing the following items from the kernel line in the GRUB configuration I can somewhat see what is going on:
vt.handoff=7 splash quiet
Also, I've been changing the 'gfxpayload' parameter to 'text'.
Under these conditions I can observe the boot process. When I get to the running scripts portion the text font appears to change. It goes from a bright bold white to a more muted, non-bold white. Then the screen goes blank and I'm again stuck.
I can ping the machine, but I can't ssh in as ssh is not enabled.
I have a Dell Precision T3500 with an NVidia video card with DisplayPort outputs.
My problem seems similar to this askubuntu question.