switch-blade wrote:I believe I am having the same problem; however, I have not hosed my system -- so I am not desperate. I just recently installed Mint 5, and it installed great and works fine. I have read the "check the .iso and burn slowly" advice over and over again, so I tried that off the bat. The live CD got as far as the login screen, and that's it. When there should normally have been a desktop appearing, I got nothing but a black screen. Because I am a bit of a distro-hopper, I decided to give the new openSuSE 11.1 a whirl. I got pretty much the same results, save the black screen -- it flickered periodically with a jumble of colors.
I am not any sort of expert, but does that portend a problem with the latest version of Xorg not being compatible with my hardware? If so, is this something that can be worked around?
That's much in advance for any help that's proffered.
Well, I'm back on Mint 5 KDE. I removed my "el cheapo" LCD monitor and reattached the CRT, then booted from the Live CD...everything loaded just fine. After the installation, I reattached the LCD monitor and it recognized it and came up with zero issues. For some reason the live disks just don't like the inexpensive LCD monitors, and you get a black screen...even though you hear the sounds of the main page coming up.
Keep in mind I'm using the onboard video card in an older Dell Optiplex GX260. If you have an external PCI-E Video card you might be fine with an LCD monitor....but on older hardware, you're better off with a CRT until the install is finished.