I've been trying to resolve this issue for four days now with little luck. I've finally run out of ideas, so I could really use some help. I'm a total Linux newbie so be gentle and speak slowly please
I am able to boot from the Live CD with no problem, Linux runs beautifully off of the live CD. I also have no troubles with the installation steps, I partition my drive just fine and get through each of the seven steps without incident. After I click "Finish" and actually start installing, however, things go wrong. The Installation works for a couple minutes in the GUI before flashing to a black screen with a few lines ending in "Checking battery state..." It will flash very briefly back to the GUI a few times before bringing this up:
The display server has been shut down about 6 times in the last 90 seconds. It is likely that something bad is going on. Waiting for 2 minutes before trying again on display :0.
I select OK, and the process repeats, flashing up the GUI for a moment before going back to the "Checking battery state..." screen and ultimately showing me the error again. If I leave it all night it will stay on the "Checking battery state..." screen.
The problem seems fairly common from my Googling, and there are lots of solutions, but none work for me (that I could find). People usually point to the video card drivers, specifically nVidia drivers, but since the OS is not yet installed I can't influence them. The Ubuntu recommendation is to run some mysterious "alternative CD" that doesn't have the same GUI (or any GUI). I'm not sure where that is, and I doubt there is a Mint equivalent.
Since it seems like my video card is not supported it was recommended on IRC that I disable my video card in BIOS and install, then go back once it's installed and fix problems. I don't seem to have the option in BIOS to disable my video card though. I did however remove my video card entirely and insert an ancient ATI Radeon card. I thought if it was a problem with my card that that would surely let me install. I got the same exact error though.
I was trying with the 64 bit version initially. I was told to try 32 bit since 64 is so new and I got the same error that way too.
I'm out of ideas. I'm pretty frustrated too because I had some other problems prior to that with Gparted not recognizing my partitions that ended up wrecking all my data. Thankfully I have everything backed up.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Mother board: MSI P6N SLI Platinum