The ubuntu proper live cd jumps straight to the splash when installing (no language select or option screen). I can't figure how to get to the boot options in it.
BUT... The Kubuntu cd is setup like the installs I'm used to. I chose my language and highlighted the 'Try Kubuntu without installing' option. Hitting escape takes me to the command line "boot:" prompt. Unfortunately, I don't know what to put in ahead of the i915.modeset=0 command to boot the kernel...
BUT... Hitting F6 on the options screen pops up a boot options line on the options screen, which I can edit. It reads:
I tried replacing the 'quiet splash' at the end with 'ro 915.modeset=0', 'video=vesa' and 'xdriver=vesa', but it still hangs on a black screen.
file=/cdrom/preseed/kubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
Maybe I'm entering the mode options in the wrong spot?