I tried booting the Fedora 8 live CD on my old Dell C600 laptop. It boots technically, but X isn't working right -- specifically, the video doesn't display properly at all -- pieces of the display overlap each other, so that some parts of the screen display in two places, while others are collapsed into a black line or don't show at all.
I tried hitting ESC and getting the boot: prompt for isolinux. From there I tried "linux vga= ____" and a resolution, as well as linux xmodule=r128 to try a different driver. That didn't work either; isolinux simply reported that it couldn't find the kernel named Linux. It looks like a driver problem to me, but I'm not sure of how to fix it.
Any suggestions for resolving this? Is there something I can do to make this work, or am I going completely overboard and making a simple solution too complicated? Any advice that gets this to work correctly will be appreciated. (Well, ok, any help is appreciated, but actually getting it to work would be a real bonus.