To all who tried to help,many thanks.
I finally got Mint,Deben,Xface to boot into a desktop.I did not install it as wife wants to back up her files.
How I did it I, am not sure what worked.
First I found a old G-Parted disk,10-9-08:it did not work on first boot.Next,I went into Mint 8`s control panel and checked settings.Came across Comp-Fusion and checked to see if all boxes were unchecked as it was a pain when I used the computer;i unchecked all boxes.Then rebooted and saw second partition on disk for storage was formated in fat32:I wondered what was going on, so I went into comos/bios settings,changed two settings but did not write them down,as i could reset them to default if I scewed up.
Rebooted with old G-parted;this time it worked.I was into an old fluxbox desktop.I checked partetions,all well, and rebooted with Mint 9 long life,it sat there for 15 minutes blinking,rebooted took out 9 and put in new Mint Deben,x-face.It booted to desktop very slowly,only 512 mgbs of ram.
Did not install it as I wanted to think about what to install.
What i will do is take everything off patition 2 that was formated in fat32 and reformat that partition in ntfs x64 or just give the whole disk to Mint and then put in a partion for storage.
I`m sorry I did not take notes on setting changes but this may help someone in the future.