I've decided to try once again to install LMDE -64.
I ran off the DVD and the software installed correctly.
I updated UP4 to UP5 and performed the 1200+ updates which took hours.
I followed the instructions and chose 'keep existing...' at every prompt during the update
After bootup, I get the following:
Failed to start the Xserver (your graphical interface). It is likely that it is not set up correctly. Would you like to view the X server output to diagnose the problem?
In the output, I see: Please consult http://wiki.x.org
for help... Please also check the log file at /var/log/Xorg.0.log' for additional information. Server terminated with error (1). Closing the file.
After consulted wiki, I performed the following:
in /etc/X11 I see no xorg.conf
In the terminal, I type: Xorg-configure
On the bottom of the screen I see "Number of created screens does not match number of detected devices. Configuration failed.
Server terminated with erro(2). Closing log file.
I suspect when LMDE ISO is updated, that this problem will persist. I see other people on the web with the same problems but I can't find solutions.
Graphics card: Radeon HD 7400 Series
Monitor: ACER (large monitor, 24' I think)
HP Pavilion HPE (beats audio) - Brand new