Have Mint running on a desktop PC and I absolutely LOVE it. I don't want to use another distro... ever.
However, I'm relatively (passive aggressive for: "very") new to linux and ran into a dilemma on a new (passive aggressive for: "untested hardware") media PC.
It's running the VIA video chipset (CX700M) and when I try to use the liveCD it won't actually boot into graphical mode. X fails to start 6 times in 90 seconds. Tells me to wait two minutes and then does it again... and fails again.
I've tried booting into safe graphics mode (via the install menu) and that doesn't work either.
I CAN install the alternate version of Ubuntu 7.1 and then install the proper VIA drivers for the graphics card to get things running. In fact, I'm sending this email from the Ubuntu distro install on the very PC I want to get Mint on.
1. Is there an alternate install iso for Mint? So I can install from a text menu? I couldn't find one.
2. Is there a way to install Mint from a running version of Ubuntu? It'd have to live on the same drive as the currently running distro.
3. Is there ANYTHING else I can do with the liveCD I have to install in text mode? I noticed a option "xforcevesa" in the safe graphics boot options... is there a way to tell this to run in text mode?
Any help would be appreciated. I adore Mint. I don't want to use Ubuntu, if I don't have to (passive aggressive for: "DEAR JESUS, PLEASE HELP ME!")