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Well guys,

can't figure this one out (yet). One of my neighbors has an old system and wants to switch to Linux. The hardware specs are marginal, but Peppermint 6 32-bit should work.

The problem: as soon as I open terminal in live mode and try to type something, the screen goes blank and the system logs me out. The same happens when I start the installation and enter a password for the new user.

Basic system specs: Asus motherboard, Intel Celeron 32-bits, 768MB RAM, video S3 graphics on board. The latter isn't very well supported, if at all, so I put in an ATI card in one of the slots. That one works fine.

Tinkering with BIOS settings has no effect, nor has changing the keybord. Anyone ever ran into this weird problem?

P.S. Mint 17.3 MATE 32-bits behaves the same.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2016, 07:35:33 am by Capivara »
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Re: Old motherboard: weird behavior during installation
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2016, 04:54:53 pm »
The x session is crashing for whatever reason .. is there anything in either

~/.xsession-errors
or
/var/log/Xorg.0.log
or
/var/log/Xorg.1.log
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Re: Old motherboard: weird behavior during installation
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 07:34:27 am »
Unfortunately the system didn't allow any keyboard or mouse input without killing X. Replacing the internal S3 Virge card with an old ATI AGP card I still had, didn't solve the problem either (but did solve the poor video quality).

In the end I tried an older LTS version, Mint 13 in this case, and that one installed flawlessly. When support ends next year, the guy really has to dump his hardware and buy something decent!

Anyway, thanks for the help.
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Re: Old motherboard: weird behavior during installation [ SOLVED, sort of]
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 10:04:43 am »
Yeah, it's about time to throw that dinosaur in the trash and get a modern machine.  Even a budget system will take Peppermint 7 with no issues.