So I have this 10 year old laptop that I was going to run Mint 15 XFCE on which is a Dell Inspiron 1100 with a Celeron 2.4Ghz CPU, 768MB RAM, and 20GB IDE HDD.
Problem I have is that while the install is flawless of MINT 15 XFCE to the HDD, upon reboot I get the POST of the laptop and then when Linux MINT 15 boots the screen goes black and nothing displayed.
Prior to attempting to install Linux on this laptop it was running Windows XP Home SP3 with no problems. So the hardware is good.
So I am trying to figure out why the driver seems to go out to lunch for this install.
Here are the distros I have tried with same results
Linux MINT 15 XFCE 32-bit - Black Screen After install
Linux MINT 15 KDE 32-bit - Black Screen After install
Linux MINT 15 Cinnamon 32-bit - Black Screen After install
Linux MINT 14 Cinnamon 32-bit - Black Screen After install
Linux MINT 13 32-bit - Black Screen After install
To rule out Hard Drive corruption, I swapped the 20GB IDE HDD with a known good 12GB IDE HDD and got same results with Linux MINT 15 XFCE
To rule out a memory issue of any kind, I performed Memtest86 off of an old Knoppix 4.0.2 CD I had and also out of curiosity I decided to boot this laptop off of Knoppix 4.0.2 and it worked fine, but slow off of the Live CD distro with no graphics issues.
** So question i have is... obviously the driver Linux is using during the install of MINT 15 works flawless, is there a way to specify for this system to continue to use that GPU Driver instead of whatever it may be failing to correctly detect as a matching driver for the video?
I looked around for a way to manually specify what driver to use, and Knoppix 4.0.2 is great because on boot it shows in plain colored text what it detected for hardware and you then have an idea of what GPU driver to use, but without the ability to get MINT 15 to boot with an operational display I simply just see HDD activity and black screen and its useless to troubleshoot further without attempting to go backwards with distros burning DVD after DVD until I might find one that works, but figured I'd seek professional help on this from some Linux guru's who have seen this before downloading obsolete MINT distros and settling for say MINT 5 etc which is no longer supported for security updates etc.