The computer is a 5 year old gateway laptop. You are correct. There must be a bug. The same Live CD worked fine in another gateway laptop with some similar, but not identical hardware.
I think I will just not use this laptop to test any linux distros.
Thanks to everyone for their help and comments.
Originally Posted by jefro
I think there is a bug that has remained in ubuntu and hence mint for a number or years. Some very few systems do boot up to a logon screen. How do I know that? Darn if I didn't see it happen. Never did figure it out. Just try another computer or distro. I assume your disk is OK too.
I can assure you that it is very few systems that are doing that too since the bug has never been fixed.
Can I assume you have an old computer that maybe has an OEM radeon embedded chipset?