Nah, I posted that before, I had disabled that in BIOS. It's running Daryna fine now, and I don't really don't want to spend another entire weekend on it(one of those nightmares that wont go away, lol). One thing I did not post before was that the hard drive did have Daryna installed before on it. It's my loaner machine(I re install the OS when someone else wants to use them), but most of it's hardware is pretty current, only thing thats really been used on it is the CPU, memory, video card and power supply. Those are 2.5 years old, while the rest of the hardware like the motherboard, and drives, where bought new last Oct. The machine has maybe 6 hours(not counting the time I spent troubleshooting it). The only thing I have not tried is installing from USB or network. I have a 4 gig USB drive, and I have a USB cable with two male ends, not to mention I have some cat 5 cable laying around. I'd have to check when I get it back to see if I can boot off the USB. Is there a tutorial to boot off USB thumb drives for Mint? I've been playing with Linux since last Oct when I saw a eye candy video on youtube. I'm not a total newbie, I own a few Linux books now, but I have a lot to learn still. Thanks for the ideas, and advice though. I'm still searching.
AMD 3700 socket 939 CPU, 1mb L2 cache-single core
Asus A8V ATX motherboard, VIA chipset (there was a micro atx version also available-this is a full ATX form factor-week after I bought the motherboard-the retailer stopped stocking Socket 939 motherboards)
2 gigs of DDR400 ram
Samsung 250 gig, 8mb cache hard drive, SATA2
Samsung 20x dvd burner, SATA interface
Hipro 300wt PSU
MSI 7600gs video card 256mb ddr2, Zalman VF700(I think thats the model #-not that it matters)heatsink and fan.
Encore RT-2680 chipset N draft networking card