Joe Mama wrote:Ok so I'm a huge Mint fan and ever since I discovered Daryna I've been getting all my friends to give it a try as well. I think Mint is the best distro by far, and I thought Elyssa would be a major improvement, but I ran into a showstopper.
The live CD for Elyssa works fine. I can boot into a regular Gnome environment and do stuff (besides going online but that's because of my network card and it happens in every distro. A post-install ndiswrapper fixes it up). So I figured it's ok to install over Daryna. I did so by clicking the install icon on the desktop and going through the installer as usual, choosing to format my Daryna partition. When I got finished I just rebooted, took out the CD, and waited to see how Elyssa was.
Unfortunately, I didn't get that far. Elyssa will not boot. It just sits there at the splash screen with a progress bar bouncing left and right. When I press Alt+F2 to see what's going on behind the scenes, I get just a black screen. It sits there for a really long time doing nothing. Well I was pretty pissed as you can imagine. As much as I love Mint, an OS not being able to boot from a fresh install is really uncacceptable. So I reinstalled Daryna over my Elyssa installation in order to post this message asking for help.
Why won't Elyssa boot?
Without having a clue what you are installing to (or what video card is involved), I suspect it could be a number of things, two of which can be overcome fairly easily for the install.
Now I have not upgraded yet so I do not know if this is present or not, but do you see an option for safe graphics mode when you first come to the live CD boot screen? If so, try that to start. If this fails (and it very well might), there are other things that can be tried when using a computer likely designed for the Windows operating system.
Yeah, there are ways of taking a built for windows box (I suspect you are using a notebook) and making it work as needed. I own two - one built for Windows and another built specifically for Linux pre-installed. Just remember that unlike proprietary operating systems, this is a "AS IS" proposition.