Que wrote:Suse 10.2 looks like a good alternative, do you find any problems in getting up-to-date packages? kernel updates, web servers database engines ...etc ?
No problem at all ... if you know how
.... We would go way too much off-topic to discuss this here (this forum is about Linux Mint after all ....). So instead I'll point you to a few good forums if you're really interested in trying SUSE:
I suggest you learn how to use SUSE's "smart" package manager. Its functions are similar to "apt-get" (e.g. instead of "apt-get install package" => "smart install package") or "synaptic" (instead of "synaptic" you'd type "smart --gui"). And where "apt" needs a "sources.list" (usually to be found here: /etc/apt/sources.list) SUSE's "smart" needs a "channel list", so it knows where on the Internet it can find all the software one might want or need. There are some good channel lists and tutorials about all this stuff here (some of the lists shown here might be buggy though; if that happens to be the case I suggest you make a post in the relevant SUSE forums):
But what I really wanted to suggest is this: For the purpose of troubleshooting, can you please try out the SUSE Live DVD? Just to check if it would boot at all? Because if this one also doesn't boot then I think it's your laptop's fault .... But if SUSE boots and Ubuntu and Mint don't then it's something in the setups of the Ubuntu / Mint kernel. We have to exclude possibilities here and do some troubleshooting ...