1st, real newbie to linux, be gentle.
Old DELL latitude D800 laptop
Pentium M non PAE cpu.
It's been tough finding a version that works.
mint 11 installed first, then a version of 12, not 13 xfce
I have at least a few problems, I am going to try and tackle them one at a time in order of importance.
Biggest problem is the mouse. The pointer will just take off and nest either in the top right or bottom left corner.
Windows XP which I replaced, worked fine with the exact hardware I have right now.
I have not been able to pin it down on any one program, but it does seem to happen more with password prompts, and either Chrome or Firefox browsers.
Sometimes the touchpad will work, but not usually, maybe 5% of the time.
Once it starts, I can usually wait it out (5 minutes or so) and it will work normally for a half minute or 2 minutes before starting again.
Sometimes it will switch corners for no apparent reason.
It is a USB microsoft intelli mouse.
According to the mouse setup and properties, it appears the proper mouse driver is selected.
Now I am lost, but the laptop is almost impossible to use with the mouse acting in this way.