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I've actually been playing around with something similar...I got out my old inspirion 1100 last week and started playing around with a few distros. I tried mint 14 first just because it looks great and was pretty easy to use (since I'm used to windows and I've only been using linux for a week or two) but I had similar issues. It would get 1/2 way through the installation then it would just freeze. I tried it several times before I gave up and started looking for lightweight distros. I just setup macpup last night and it seems to run great! It was a slight challenge getting it to boot from the hard drive but youtube saved me there! Macpup might be worth checking out unless your heart is just set on mint. Hopefully this helps some...good luck!
Still no joy.
I looked at Zorin and Vector and having looked at the Vector installation instructions decided to try Zorin as its instructions were only one page. Downloaded Zorin 6.3 (about 2 1/2 hours) and ran the checksum thing. Burnt the ISO and put it in. As I was reading the options I noticed a counter and it started. I got a nice blue screen and nothing else. Waited about 10mins and switched off. Started again this time I moved the down arrow when the choices appeared. The first one was the live thing so I chose memory test. This ran and it passed (about 1/2 hour). Tried install and it all seemed OK. It recognised Mint Maya and asked if I wanted dual boot just Zorin or something else. I said just Zorin, I went through language time keyboard password etc and eventually it said it was installed (over an hour). I removed the disk and selected restart. Nothing happened, waited about 10 mins then turned it off. Switched it on and got a screen which I did not have time to read (as usual) and it started to do something. The hard drive light flashed for a while then stopped and that was that. Nothing. Just another black screen.
This used over 1/5 of our download allowance. I am not sure it is worth trying Vector. I haven't looked how big that is.
Any suggestions as it thinks it has installed Zorin, but it doesn't open.
Margaret Getting ready to give up. I have spent all day and achieved nothing.
If you use Macpup 529. The install process is the same. You can go for frugal or full install.
Frugal may be a good way for starters if you have 1 gig of ram.
I quad boot Semplice, AntiX,Macpup 529 frugal, and Vector Linux 7 Std Gold on a 1.8GHZ , 1 gig of ram, intel graphics chip, ancient IBM M41 wireless usb Desktop Computer with a 17" crt that I use as a test bed and media center in my motorcycle shop.
If wanting system info on my Desktop computer. Just download the .gz file and extract it to text file in Macpup.
I have looked at the link and have no idea what it is trying to tell me. It looks like just keep trying stuff till something works. I would not know where to start. This is well beyond my capabilites. Thank you for trying to help but I don't think I can do this.
Thank you for your kind wishes but I spoke to soon we have a black screen again. It looked nice when it was there but my husband tried several ways to make the chrome browser window larger (as it was about 1/4 of the screen with no min or max buttons visible and you couldn't get hold of the bottom corner to drag it larger. I am not sure what he pressed but it has killed Zorin.
Several folks have suggested Puppy. I think tomorrow we will try that.
I had something similar happen about 5 years ago. Run a check on the hard drive, if the hd is starting to go (bad sectors and the like), that can make an OS install hang (even if live discs and regular operation work just fine).
There are a number of hard drive integrity checker programs out there (they boot from live cds).
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
Vector Linux is a good distro and it might work in your laptop. I had even installed in a Pentium 3 Laptop and it worked good. The only thing is that the installation might be a little bit challenging because its semi graphical installer program.
Here are some threads by other people with the same hardware maybe it will help
As far as we know the hard disc is OK and the bios is A32. I recall having to update that for something some time ago.
Yesterday we used Acronis and my latest image to revert to XP service pack two. Which still works but is S L O W.
Today I think the garden takes precedence but we will try again. We have an ISO of Zorin 6 and Wolfman at their forum is very helpful so we will try that. I have also been reading up on Puppy as another option. I looked at the Vector installation guide and it looked terrifying. Sorry I am such a wimp but my efforts so far have not instilled any confidence.
I managed to get Ubuntu running on it, (probably 2010) but video was always a problem. It uses the i810 chip which reserves only a minimal amount of RAM for the video and uses a Windows driver that loads at boot and allocates more RAM to the i810.
ACtually, its got i845 video. Which is pretty much the same as the i810/i815 video, and that is just the i740 standalone video card chip intergrated into the chipset....and i740 cards were current in 1998.
I've seen issues with i810/i815/i845/etc video over the years. Not that often thankfully, and in most cases it was a desktop sysem so I'd just install a cheap AGP video card.
Last time I used intel i845 video, which was last week (LOL) it didnt cause any problems for me. i845 chipset, celeron 2.0Ghz, 256MB RAM installed just fine with Debian 7.0 Xfce. It was pretty slow and clunky though, but thats early P4 celerons for you, that are *always* slow. Nothing you can really do about that......