ozdroggy wrote:Will send this and give it a go.
mick55 wrote:1. When the DVD starts the count down press "enter".
2. Select "test CD" from the menu. (This makes sure the CD is 100% readable)
Was unable to get anything from Step 1.
I did try to do a 'second' install of Mint on a separate physical drive but unable to proceed without uninstalling the current Mint that is on 'BOOT2' [MAXTOR HDD]. Chose NOT to do that but did DISABLE the MAXTOR Drive and was then able to do the first part of the install process which proves that the DVD is 100% readable.
It seems to me that I have lost the ability to boot from either the CDROM or a USB .
The DVD has the following files: but the Autorun suggests that it can only start from the mint4win and is not a bootable DVD
mick55 wrote:No more troubleshooting when it's almost Midnight.
Thanks for all your help Mick; I also threw in the towel after I turned into a pumpkin
What now - I last night I made a new USB stick with Unetbootin and proved that it works as it should using my wife's mini. BUT this still will NOT boot in my desktop and when I try the computer freezes so I reckon the problem is my inability to boot from both USB and the CDROM and I must have a problem in the BIOS or its execution.
Will now put this on hold and try troubleshooting/talking with DELL to get the bootability of the USB ports back.
We live in interesting times
LinuxMint Release 13 (Maya)
Kernel Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (i686)
Memory: 3.4 GiB
Processor 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.2GHz
Processor 1: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.2GHz
Available disk space: 89.7 GiB