Equipment: 12 year old Sony VAIO PCV-RX741 desktop; AMD Athlon @ 1.53 GHz; 1 GB RAM; AwardBIOS 1003VX. Used daily for the last 5 years as my principle business machine.
Background: Have used XP on this machine since new, very few problems to date. Tried DSL years ago mainly because it was the only distro I could download by dial up. About 4 years ago I installed a dual boot setup w/OpenSUSE, no installation problems, I just didn't like the distro, could not see a benefit for me over XP. I later wiped it out with the only necessary re-installation of windows on this machine.
Objective: I am trying to try or install Lubuntu 13.10 from a live cd. Yesterday I was trying with Xubuntu 13.10 with similar results. Also tried Peppermint 4 from a USB with worse results.
Problem: During boot, blue "Lubuntu" screen is present for an extended period of time, then is replaced by a black "Lubuntu" screen for a shorter time. Screen then goes completely black, followed by the mouse pointer appearing (and functioning [USB mouse]).
Then screen goes black again, and the following message appears: "Starting mount network filesystems [OK] Stopping mount network filesystems [OK]" Once the message disappears the screen begins alternating between a non working mouse pointer, a black screen, and a rapid spasm of 2 rows of forward slashes.
I have tried all of the F6 boot options in various combinations to no avail. This live CD functions flawlessly on my 5 year old Sony Windows 7 laptop, as did the Xubuntu live CD and various and sundry Unetbootin USB distros I have tried with the exception of Manjaro.
Thank you for your time.