I have an old Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop. It had Windows XP a while ago. I tried several different Linux distros in the past, Suse, Ubuntu, PCLinux. PCLinux worked fine, but the others could never run the display. I tried Mint 5 and it works very well. I had to do some tinkering when I first installed it, but it at least would give me a low res generic display to start with. I tried upgrading to Mint 6 and had catastrophic failure. I completely lost everything and had to start with a fresh install of Mint 5. I've been running happily along with 5, but would like to try Mint 7. I just downloaded it today and am incredibly disappointed to see that it seems to be having the same problem Mint 6 had (along with all the others).
I tried running the LiveCD in Compatibility mode and there was still no display. I don't get a cursor or anything. Sometimes it will play the login sounds, but often it won't.
I have upgraded my bios to A32 and, after reading through some other posts on this forum, increased my video ram allocation to 8mb instead of the standard 1, still with no effect.
I tried the LiveCD on my desktop and it worked beautifully.
The CD will boot on my Inspiron 1100, I can choose what option I want (install directly, run the standard LiveCD, Compatibility mode, etc) and it either hangs somewhere in the boot up or it simply fails to run the graphic display.
I am going to try to skip the LiveCD and just install it to see if it's a problem with running it from the CD but I have my doubts.
Any ideas as to what the problem might be and, ideally, how to fix it?