Cinnamon is actually a slightly "heavier" version of LM or LMDE. It requires more graphics resources from my understanding. You might try this to see if it gets you past that point. viewtopic.php?f=46&t=122257
Ah yes, that was the thread I was referring to. The main post suggests starting out in compatibility mode but that mode doesn't seem to be available in the bootable LMDE image. Will I see that option if I go with the Ubuntu-based MINT?
If that doesn't work, Mate is less graphics intensive and Xfce is an even lighter version (requires less HW). Or there may be other ways to resolve it if it's a graphics card / driver problem even booting up in live mode. Of course with LMDE you're limited to Mate or Cinnamon.
That is definitively an option but i am such a sucker for good looking graphics and stuffs
.. but if this doesn't work out I'll definitively go that route. I read I could also remove the graphics card, re-enable the motherboard-graphics, install LMDE and then download the video card driver. Once thats done I'd reinstall the card to the mobo and see if it runs.. I'll try this tonight.
LMDE is my favorite but maybe not the best for your first crack at Linux, or at least so "they" say. It's supposed to be more command line intensive, but I'm not so sure that is still the case.
I've been reading a lot about LMDE vs Ubuntu Based MInt; it seems people prefer LMDE but just how much do you currently use the terminal? I know there are certain functions that can only be accomplished via the terminal so I am not affraid of researching and playing around with all that code, but if most "app installations" have to go through a terminal instead of an app manager then I might have to look into other options indeed.
I will be using this comp as a media server, I'll have plex running and streaming videos to my roku in the livingroom..I'll connect to it via teamviewer or vnc. Hopefully I can get this box to work without a mouse, keyboard and just a vga cable hookedup to the video card.
I read somewhere that having a VGA cable hooked up tot he motherboard is the easiest way to get a desktop to run without having a physical monitor hookedup to it.. .
Actually, now that I think about it, I don't even need a video card attached to this system since I won't be using a monitor
.. All I need is the default motherboard video.... agrr.. now I feel dumb lol..
I will try removing the video card and I'll use the mobo graphics instead. I will give this another shot tonight and I'll report back.
Thanks for the great input GTSFER!