Hi I've been using Bianca for over a year now and have been very pleased with it. I've really been waiting for Elyssa before upgrading but I can't get the live CD to even boot on my computer. All the other Mint Live CDs (Daryna, Celena, Cassandra) worked fine. I am now beyond the stage were I can get away with calling myself a noob. So it is with some sadness that I must now report a regression (maybe kernel, definitely identical problem in Hardy Heron and Elyssa (r1 and beta048)). Everything based on Ubuntu 8.04 falls over the same way, every other flavour of Linux works fine.
I boot my computer with the live CD. Splash screen comes up everything seems fine. Then it goes to a logon screen and the system just loops there. GNOME safe mode just makes the desktop bar rise for a moment then the whole system falls over again. When I try to shut down or restart the computer I get a black screen with some corrupted graphics. It still lets me out but maybe there is some Xorg issue. Identical (I mean exactly identical) problem with Hardy Heron and beta048. When I try to load Elyssa in compatibility mode it freezes just after it finds my network card.
Possible burning issues
No longer being a noob I know you should suspect a CD burning issue. I've burned 6 separate CD-Rs with the exact same problem. I did the md5sum checks with winmd5sum in XP. In the same batch I burned Live CDs of Mandriva, Open Solaris and Mepis 7 all of which worked without a hitch. To be thorough I've burned the ISOs in separate computers (my brothers Core 2 Duo Dell box and my sister-in-laws old HP Centrino laptop) and the Live CDs (beta048, Hardy Heron and Mint 5 r1) always work fine in the machines that burned them. Also I have today tried out the Elyssa r1 Live CD in my neighbours laptop and it worked perfectly. This particular CD-R, so far as I can be sure, is good.
Other people with the same problem
Having scanned the forum before posting I think that Phoenix180, Elijah 78.84, White Hawk and Nonstopdrivel all have the same problem as myself. I think it will turn out that we all have Athlon 64 based machines.
I have an Athlon 64 3000+
1 Gigabyte of memory
200 Gigabyte hard drive
Sony CD-RW drive
Toshiba/Samsung DVD-RW (identical issue with both drives)
ATI RS480 motherboard with integrated ATI Xpress 200 graphics
Realtek integrated network card
All perfectly boring stuff.
I'm stuck with Bianca until I have a solution or at least some notion as to what the problem exactly is.