I have attempted to install the Sierra, Yosemite and Mavericks distros from here, all with the same result, the installation flashes the graphic portion of the install for a millisecond then reboots. I am attempting this with an HP 8730w laptop, Nvidia quadro FX 3700m 1 gig video. The Belarc PC report detailing complete laptop specifics can be had here . Thus I have used the xpmc=free f , -v -x , -v -x geaphicsenabler=no , /hp , /hp -v =x , /hp graphicsenabler=no -v -x startup options and had the same instant reboot with all three distros.
If anyone can offer some advice it would be greatly appreciated.