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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: mint Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.3.1) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah Machine: System: FUJITSU SIEMENS product: Amilo A Series v: 1.0 Mobo: 00000 model: 755CA5 v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: 0.28 date: 09/16/03 CPU: Single core mobile AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (pae sse) bmips: 3175 speed/max: 1587/2071 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV250/M9 GL [Mobility FireGL 9000/Radeon 9000] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 driver: vesa Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 128 bits) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller driver: snd_via82xx port: d800 bus-ID: 00:11.5 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-21-generic Network: Card: VIA VT6102/VT6103 [Rhine-II] driver: via-rhine port: d400 bus-ID: 00:12.0 IF: enp0s18 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 48.0GB (4.4% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST94011A size: 40.0GB temp: 47C ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: USB_Flash_Drive size: 8.0GB temp: 0C Partition: ID-1: / size: 247M used: 35M (14%) fs: overlay dev: N/A ID-2: swap-1 size: 0.53GB used: 0.00GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 75.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 162 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 172.0/493.6MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.3.1 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35 mint@mint ~ $
I ran the installer with no problems. Then it would not boot: I got the logo, then the spinner, but the spinner started blinking slowly and then I got the error message that says that the display server has shut down 6 times in the last 90 seconds. It is likely that something bad is going on.
I read through about 10.000 forum threads and found information about boot parameters like nomodeset xforcevesa. I tried adding those to grub and managed to do that, but none of them helped. I tried several different ones.
Then I read that someone said they got around the problem by leaving the codecs and other things like Flash uninstalled. I reinstalled and left the checkbox for the codecs unchecked. The machine booted.
I ran all the updates. I changed the kernel to the latest 4.4. I added the AMD64 microcode. The machine booted. There was much rejoicing.
I installed the codecs from the button on the welcome screen. I added half a GB of RAM. No more booting. As broken as before. Same error message.
It's not the RAM: I've swapped it out.
I can get into GRUB, I can get into a terminal, I can boot from USB. I am not at all familiar with the CLI but I can enter commands that people give me. I would be grateful for any help. Thank you for reading!