Hi dwanman,dvanman wrote: ⤴Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:50 amComputer is Dell D830 laptop with 32-bit, COR2 Duo processor,4gig RAM, 120G Hard Drive.
MINT 17.3 booted up in under 2-minutes.
I did a complete reformat on the hard drive, a fresh install of MINT-19.1 and now boot time is now nearly 7-minutes. Once up it runs fine but boot time is not acceptable so I need a "fix" or will have to reload old MINt-17.3 or find a different LINUX.
I also tried booting directly from the DVD and it also took nearly 7-minutes
You could also try Mint 18.3 to see how that works, or LMDE 3.
Since your computer is capable of running 64 bit you should go with that. Your choice of web browsers, for instance, are drastically reduced using the 32 bit version.
32 bit software is not being maintained much anymore.