Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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I have an old dell computer and bought a Linux mint loaded memory stick hoping to liven up an incredibly sluggish system. In boot settings I selected boot from SanDisk which showed on screen as well as removable item as first boot option in settings.
I get a black screen with 'SYSLINUX 407 EDD 2013-07-25 (C) 1914-2013 H. Peter Alvin et al with a flashing curser underneath. Nothing further happens. Any suggestions welcome.

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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confusedpcuser wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:01 pm
I have an old dell computer
We can probably help. Can you tell us at least something about it, other than that it's old and a Dell?
How old? How much memory? What was installed on it before (precise version, not just 'Ubuntu')?
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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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More information would be better.

If this computer is over 3 years old, Mint 19.2 would be a better choice to try to boot and install as it has the LTS kernel and LTS xserver which should work fine with older hardware.

Also, if it has less than 4GB of RAM, Mint Mate or Mint XFCE would be better choices than Mint Cinnamon.

No matter what you actually have, we can probably help you with it. And it should be possible to download an appropriate ISO file and get your USB memory stick set up with the correct stuff to boot.

EDIT:

One more question. Your thread title seems to say that this "old Dell computer" currently boots and runs Ubuntu Linux. Is this correct?

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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This is probably corrupted recording.
Download another iso of Linux Mint and record again in the flash media.

Sometimes, I don't know why, a problem occurs when the memory card is inserted in the reader. Inserting the card in a usb adapter and it in a usb port, the problem ends.

Some flash media (pendrive, memory card) of the Sandisk brand usually cause problems, at least here in Brazil.
Whether it's a factory defect or even a counterfeit product, I don't know.

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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ricardogroetaers wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:36 am
Download another iso of Linux Mint and record again in the flash media.
"I ... bought a Linux mint loaded memory stick"

Besides that, it's more than likely a modeset issue.
It's pronounced kad-eye-cha, not kada-itcha.

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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Kadaitcha Man wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:42 am
..... it's more than likely a modeset issue.
Sorry, I didn't understand the meaning of the text.
I don't know English, I use Google Translate.

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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can you select the 2nd item on the Boot Menu of that usb stick ?

to see if you can then get to an working desktop ?.
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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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Does the flashing cursor indicate it's waiting for a login? Can you type anything in it?
Anyway, hope you didn't pay to much fro the linux loaded memory stick. Because I think you'll have to reload it with a newly downloaded iso

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Re: Replacing Ubuntu with Linux mint

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Only a guess but is the Dell 32bit or 64bit and is the Mint version the correct one.

I had a similar problem with another distro when I inadvertently tried to install a 64bit system to a 32bit PC. There was no warning, just a flashing cursor. I don't know what happens when trying to install the wrong version of Mint.
Lenovo T520 i5, 8GB ram, 1TB HDD Mint 19.3 Tricia XFCE

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