Today I tried Puppy Linux and I had a problem on my latest laptop but not on my older desktop. Here is what I have posted on Puppy Linux forum...
I installed Puppy Linux [ slacko-5.7.0-PAE.iso ] to a USB pendrive and booted from it and it does work but the text is unreadable and icons on the desktop are fine but menu too has garbled text and it's simply unreadable. When I open firefox mouse gets stuck and the laptop becomes unusable. It simply comes to a stall. I burned it to a DVD and did md5sum on it and everything is fine and then I booted from DVD and same problem. I'm unable to use Puppy Linux.
Reply to my post:
Please post the make, model, and specifications of your computer, to the best of your ability.
Hm. When you checked the md5sum... did you check the md5sum at the download location against that of the ISO you downloaded? (That's the way it's supposed to work.) This sounds an awful lot like Puppy didn't download right and got a little crazy as a result.
If the md5sums match, per the method I just mentioned, then you're possibly looking at failing RAM... but that's not anywhere near as likely as a bad download. If you suspect your RAM, you need to run Memtest86+ for at least eight hours in one go (start it going, go to bed, check it when you wake up). Longer is better, to a point (you really don't need to run it for more than 24 hours). You can google "memtest86+" (without quotes) to find a download of it; it's free for everyone, just like Puppy is, and you use it a bit like Puppy -- burn the image to a CD and boot from it.
But first, check that sum again, the way I suggested.
My final reply:
I used the same USB drive on a old desktop and it worked without any problem what so ever. I think my new laptop has some graphics support issue. How do I resolve it? When I try to install other distro like Bodhi Linux the login screen some times works and most of the times doesn't and if I use low graphics version install it works. Also I tried Sabayon linux on my laptop and it gave me 5 times kernal panic. Is this graphics card issue? Unsupported? After I install Bodhi linux it works without any problem.
Conclusion: Is this graphics card unrecognized problem? Is this why Sabayon didn't work for me?