Hi all you Linux experts,
I’ve been an MS user MS-DOS was first published, no barracking please, but, as I’ve always primarily used my PC for work purposes, I have always used what I consider to be the ‘grown-up’ options of OS. In my case this was MS-DOS, Works for Windows, 98SE, NT and now XP64 Pro.
However, as support for my current OS will end in 18 months time, I am looking for a similarly ‘grown-up’ OS to replace it. I haven’t used, and don’t fancy Windows 7 and know I would positively hate the ‘Apple lookalike’ that is Windows 8.
I browsed around what is available and thought perhaps “Linux Mint 13” might perhaps be the answer. So I download the files “linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso” as well as the alternative “…mate…iso” version.
These were burnt to a couple of 4.7GB DVD-R/W disks using ImgBurn at a write rate of 2.4x, the minimum compatible with the disks.
Booting the “Cinnamon” version I did get the menu (see “Menu.pdf”), apologies for the quality but a digital camera was the only way of recording this info.
Opting for “Start Linux Mint” resulted in a couple of dozen lines with the headings “Stack:” and “Call Trace:” with a complete freeze; no HD or DVD activity, no response to mouse or keyboard.
Opting for “Start in compatibility mode” started promisingly: -
followed by quite a bit of data info, too fast to record, culminating in the screen shown in “Compatibility Mode.pdf”.
“Mate” behaved in exactly the same way as “Cinnamon”.
Apart from “Why didn’t it work?” I have other questions: -
Is Mint 13 the best option?
Should I have used DVD-R disks instead of DVD-R/W?
Would a proprietory burner programme, e.g. Nero be better than the ‘freebie’ I used?
I did try “Free ISO Burner” but all that did was to copy the ISO file to the DVD without expanding it!
For information purposes, my brief hardware spec is: -
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2
CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (runs @ 3.2GHz)
Chipset AMD Athlon 64 Opteron Hyper Transport, FSB 2GHz
RAM 4 x 2GB/64 @ 800MHz
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5700 PCIe 3GB
Any ideas guys?