Using The new ZEN 6.5 boot cd with SuSe

On one of our notebook, as soon as it gets past initializing the PCMCIA
services the screen goes blank.

I played around with the FN and F5 buttons (which on this notebook
cycles through the output options - e.g. CRT, LCD, VGA out, etc).

After pressing these buttons a few times, the output finally goes back
to the LCD screen.

Is there some way to fix this besides pressing FN-F5 a few times?