Did you burn at a low speed like 2x?
Also try booting wih acpi=off which might stop the hardware info crashing.
The final of XFCE should have this working fine.(Was a bug in beta003)(tested Hardware Info with livecd on 2 different machines and worked fine)
I also agree with what Boo says.
GNOME should run fine with a P4 and 512MB of ram.
For mintInstall, almost all of the .mint files I gave Clem were made and tested on XFCE Beta003.
I would think all would work, but some may not have all the functions it would under GNOME or KDE.
This may fix the sound issue.
FishRCynic wrote:try loading the sl-modem-daemon to take care of the modem. I use ubuntu feisty on my A70 and sl-modem-daemon with pulse audio makes the sound work properly. (mine seems to have an issue with ESD for some reason).
Hope it helps.
Hope we have helped you.