I have tried installing numerous Linux distros with no luck. In every case, it appears to be due to a failure by
nouveau driver to identify my graphics card, which is an Nvidia GeForce GTX970M.
My preferred distro is either Kubuntu or Ubuntu Studio, but I have also tried ArchLinux, Fedora KDE, LinuxMint, Mageia, Netrunner, and OpenSUSE. All appear to be using
nouveau driver, as they attempt to load up even the installer menu fails on most, stopping on a screen that looks like this:
I suspect, given what is typically shown on screen when the installation attempt stops, that the problem is with
nouveau driver, so: is there a way to use the Nvidia proprietary drivers in the installation?
Or any other solution? A coworker suggested that I do a non-graphical, text-only install, but I have not found a way to do this that does not require making a menu choice first … but I can't see the installer menu.