I'm trying to install Mint13 Mate on my eMachine from a DVD and it failed. Here is what I'm working with:
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matt@matt-mint12-desktop ~ $ sudo inxi -F [sudo] password for matt: System: Host matt-mint12-desktop Kernel 3.0.0-12-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop LXDE (Openbox 3.5.0) Distro Linux Mint 12 LXDE Machine: Mobo First model AU31 version PCB 1.x serial Serial number xxxxxx Bios Phoenix version TCB418G date 08/08/2003 CPU: Single core AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (-UP-) cache 512 KB flags (sse) clocked at 2087.500 MHz Graphics: Card: ATI RV350 AS [Radeon 9550] X.org 1.10.4 drivers ati,radeon unloaded: fbdev,vesa tty size 158x55 Advanced Data: N/A for root Audio: Card nVidia nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) driver Intel ICH Sound: ALSA v: 1.0.24 Network: Card nVidia nForce2 Ethernet Controller driver forcedeth IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:40:ca:63:ea:5c Drives: HDD Total Size: 82.0GB (3.4% used) 1: /dev/sda Maxtor_6Y080P0 82.0GB Partition: ID:/ size: 75G used: 2.6G (4%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 1.07GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap Sensors: Error: You do not have the sensors app installed. Info: Processes 126 Uptime 13 min Memory 233.8/1002.0MB Client Shell inxi 1.7.7
(As you can see, I was able to put Mint12 back on.)
So here is what happens. I downloaded the 32bit iso file, checked its md5sum and burned the iso to a DVD at its slowest setting. Mint13 live loads and all seems well and good. I click "install mint" and the installation window opens. I enter my time zone, my keyboard type, and my user name and password. Then, while the system is installing the operating system, a "slideshow" starts to tell me about Linux Minx, but, when the second slide starts, the installation screen goes away and I'm left at the desktop and the mint version of the hourglass. I left it like this for a few hours with no progress. When I reboot the computer I'm presented with a black screen and a flashing line at the top left corner. I burned a new iso with the same results. I also tried booting to a USB, but it wouldn't go, the bios may be too old for that. I did check the eMachines website and they don't have any bios available to download for this desktop.