Hello to all at Mint Linux Forums - I would be eternally grateful if anyone could help me with my problem of getting Linux Mint 7 to load and run, even as a live distro.
I have been running Mint 6 Felicia successfully for some time now and would like to try Gloria, which I downloaded and burned to a CD, a practice I am quite happy with and have used often before.
On attempting to run the new distro, the 'choose language' screen appears, followed by the words 'starting up' and 'loading, please wait'. Sadly, however long I wait, nothing further happens and there is no flashing of the IDE indicator or the DVD drive indicator.
My PC is reasonably modern, having a Dual Core Intel processor, an NVidia 8400 GS graphics card and 1 GB of RAM, which the test says is OK. Oddly enough, the disk works fine on my wife's Windows PC, which is a little more up to date than mine, but with a slower processor but the same graphics and memory.
Whenever I start up Felicia, a message, saying something like 'Unexpected IRQ trap at Vector 9' appears briefly before the OS loads and runs - is this significant? If so, does anyone have any suggestion as to how I should proceed, or do I need to bite the bullet and buy a new PC to run the newer Linux distros like Gloria and Jaunty Jackalope?
I know a little about PCs and have 'been inside' once or twice, but I have to admit to being stuck with this particular problem and I have to admit I don't know what an IRQ is.
If I should need to invest in a new PC, which I'd rather not have to at the minute, could anyone recommend a suitable specification so that I won't suffer similar troubles in the future.
Sorry to be a 'newbie pest', but I thought I'd give the Forums a try before breaking open the piggy bank .
Thanks in advance,