I wanted to have a look/go at Linux so when I saw an old netbook for £15 I thought I would give it a go on a test machine. Here are the specs which show the CPU is 64-bit and I have the Intel GMA 3150 Graphics adapter.
When I bought it, it had 32-bit Windows 7 working fine with F1-F4 keys not working. I had an unused SSD so put that in and installed Lubuntu 64-bit off a live USB drive. It would not boot except in safe mode.
I then thought I would try a different distro, LXDE 32-bit (the laptop only has 1 GB RAM). Again I did this from a live USB and seem to go flawlessly.
However all I get on a normal book up is very fast scrolling text/checks with all of them stating
[ ok ] with one starting
/dev/sda1….. I cant read the rest from this photo I took; the text moves too fast to read.
Again I can boot in safe mode and get a terminal but as I am new to Linux I don’t know what to check.
From searching on forums, it sounds like a graphics problem. I have tried the solution on ‘Ubuntu will not boot. Only getting extremely fast scrolling text’ but no luck.
I am really keen of getting it up and running and if all goes well buying a better small laptop for full blown 64-bit Ubuntu. However I want to get over this hurdle first.