The laptop cannot have the GTX 1070 disabled, I either set the graphics to be hybrid or discrete only.
If set to hybrid, every option in group results in a black screen, using custom boot perameters causes it to hang on 'booting a command list'.
If I set graphics to discrete, I'm able to boot into the command line, however, hitting alt+f7 freezes the screen, alt-f1 unfreezes it, so, it's unable to render the GUI.
Software render mode does not work.
I'm using the latest bliss 11.8 build using the 4.9 kernel, would it be worth me trying a newer kernel?