or trying to install to the hard drive.. So in the interest of helping others with the same problem, here is what I found to solve my problem. This may or may not work for everyone although it has been tested with my Nvidia 6150 Le Video card and with a ATI Video Card.
If you can’t get a screen at all when booting the Live CD, then after the post try hitting the space bar while booting up. Once you get a purple screen that is bare with a couple small graphics things at the bottom, Then press F-6 this allows you to change or insert a couple of boot commands so you can boot up and get a screen to install or try the live CD. I removed the words “QUIET” and “SPLASH” and added “NOMODESET” at the tail end of the commands then continued to boot up with the live CD and was able to install the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. The next step is very important.
After the Install and at the first boot up when you get to the grub 2 Menu, You will have to modify it in order to keep from getting a blank screen. Press E to edit the boot commands. use the arrow keys and at the line that says “QUIET” “SPLASH” Remove those commands and insert “NOMODESET” then press CTRL +X to boot up (Instructions are at the edit screen). As soon as you get booted up to the desktop. go to the menu on the left top and click “SYSTEM” and on the drop down menu select “ADMINISTRATION” and then select “Hardware Drivers”. It will find the proprietary driver that it recommends for your hardware. Choose the correct driver and “ACTIVATE”. once that is done you should be able to boot up without a blank screen.
I do not know who to attribute these fixes to as I got them from many hours of searching on the Internet. So thanks to all who contributed these workarounds and fixes. There are still problems with Lucid Lynx, It was released to soon in MHO and not tested like it should have been. How could you expect a novice user or someone new to Linux trying to use it for the first time, to be able to boot up with a blank screen. Like me they would not know what to do without help. Most would just say Linux is no good and go back to Windows.
I hope that this will help someone and maybe keep a new user from going back to windows.