livecd didn't load mint menu "could not load..." some uppercase message, OEIIMENU or whatever, & mint install refused to start, but i know my burnt cd is dodgey, poor quality disc that's all, so tried again, 2nd try fine...
user Mint either logs in immediately or b4 the amount of seconds it's supposed to, maybe my cd again...
o.k., install take-2:
Grub hd0 (ide), sda1: 64M swap, sda2: 5.9G Reiserfs /, no problems, lots of disc activity upon first hd boot, so i let it, it quietened down, presumably logs? works pretty darned gooooood...
(m'b: MSI 945gcm5v2, onboard intel vid, lan 5.1snd, single ide channel, 4 sataII, usbII...;
cpu: Cel. 'firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, nx/xd, pae, mmx, sse, sse2...;
ram: 2G (2x1G) ddrII800 (Corsair vs);
pci extra lan, pci modem, 1xfd, dvdrw on ide sla;
big _old_ crt monitor)
DVDs, including sound: fine
USB sticks: fine
Floppy: non-existent in this dimension?? wah, where'd my fd go? optical & usb drives get auto-mounted, what about my fd?
Compiz almost perfect: not obvious (not possible?) to get different background/wallpaper for each workspace/desktop on my cube...
not given option to change physical possibilities/restraints of display hardware, so unable to get above 60Hz refresh, damn! :
Intel GMA 950 graphics core in northbridge, & Hitachi HM-4521-D crt ( HF 28-96 kHz & VF 30-120 Hz), am able to get great res. & refresh in other os's, e.g.1152x864 @ 85Hz in '32'b colour would be fine for me, how does a newcomer do this? (yeah i could edit xorg/whatever files but am asking for user-friendly option for noobs incl. m$-refugees...