Trouble installing Mint on an older Compaq Presario SR1403WM
I’m pretty inexperienced with Linux & wanted to gain some expertise, so decided to install Mint 32-bit on an older Compaq Presario SR1403WM. Brief specs; AMD Sempron 3000+ at 1800 MHz, 768 MB RAM.
This is a freebie computer I’ve had around for a while, but have never installed on OS on before. The hard drive appeared to have failed & it only had 256 MB of RAM. I added a 512 MB stick & a different IDE hard drive. It boots from the Mint 14.1 DVD & the setup starts. It gets to a beige screen, has the mouse cursor & goes to an “hourglass” a few times as the screen flashes, as if the video driver is being installed, then just stops. Moving the mouse doesn’t move the cursor, it appears “frozen”.
I booted to a Parted Magic Linux Live CD & the hard drive test failed, also when I tried to partition the drive EXT4, it failed with a non-specific error. Thinking the hard drive I installed must be bad, I installed another hard drive, that had been working in another PC. The Mint setup again failed in exactly the same way. Another piece of information; after the failed installation, the PC’s BIOS loses the drive (both drives tested). When you go into setup, it shows no hard drive, just the optical drive. I then run a boot CD, kill the partition & after a reboot it shows up again in the BIOS.
To test the drive & system, I’m installing Windows XP on it, since I have more experience with Windows. As part of the install, I’m partitioning & fully formatting the drive (in progress now at 80%) as a test of the drive & system. If Windows installs without issue, I’ll at least know the system is functional. While Windows is on it, I’ll update the BIOS with the file from HP.
This system has SATA connectors on the motherboard, so if I continue to have trouble with the IDE drives, I may install a SATA drive & see if that works.
Can anyone comment if there have been any inherent issues with Linux on this particular model Compaq?
Thanks for any & all help,
NOTE: If I manage to get Mint installed & running, I plan on buying a couple of 1 GB sticks of PC3200 (DDR400) to max the system out at 2 GB of memory. I may also install a graphics card & discontinue use of the integrated video.