A coworker was trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat onto an older laptop. The installer would simply hang at a black screen as soon as the install was started.
This brought to mind the problems people have installing onto different hardware; I’m going to keep this updated with various ideas and suggestions.
Maverick Meerkat on an HP Pavilion zv5000 (zv5380us)
In this case, the solution was to use the alternate install CD and change some of the boot options. After selecting the location, press F6 to get to the option screen. There will be a small menu at the lower right, you want to use the up/down keys to select the following options:
Then press the escape key, and press return to start the installation. If you like, you can change the VGA mode to something different, I tend to use:
The complete install will be done using a text-mode installer.