Why can't I get the graphical installer working?

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On some video hardware (laptops in particular) the graphical installer will not work. The installer attempts to run at 800x600, and some hardware does not work in this mode, or the output looks poor when scaled to this mode. This can be worked around by specifying the 'vga=xxx' option on the command line when booting the installer. Here 'xxx' is the VESA mode number for the video mode which wi...

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