I installed the new Elyssa Beta 032 on my eMachines desktop about 5 days ago, and I've been having issues with Mint hanging on the boot screen. Normally, the bar on the loading screen bounces back and forth for a few seconds and eventually imitates the usual loading bar that tells you how far along in the boot process the system is.
For some reason unbeknownst to me, my system usually never gets past the bouncing bar. The hard drive shows activity for a few seconds, then spins down, never to spin back up again. I have to manually restart with ctrl+alt+del and try again. There are rare occasions when it successfully boots, however.
I have tried booting using recovery mode as well. This worked well the first few times, as it loaded everything and then I chose to have the system boot normally when the prompt showed up at the end. The past few times I've tried it, however, the same thing occurs; it loads for a little while, then putters out and refuses to go further. The last thing it does in recovery mode is announce its detection of my built-in memory card reader.
Has anyone else had an issue with the Elyssa Beta not booting like this? I had trouble with the installation process too (bootloader got screwed up somewhere, couldn't boot anything), but reinstalling seems to have fixed that.
My system is as follows:
eMachines T6420 (AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.20 GHz)
NVIDIA nForce 410 chipset
1GB DDR RAM
GeForce 8500GT video card
200 GB master, 750 GB slave
500 GB eSATA drive for storage (system detects it as 4th master)
8-in-1 memory card reader
dual-booting WinXP (on 200 GB master) and Mint 5 Beta 032 (on 750 GB slave)