nelz wrote:It's unlikely to be the monitor because you do have a display, even if it is only a spinning cursor. If the monitor were refusing to display the output from the computer, it would show nothing but a message along the lines of "signal out of range".
I'd try a text mode install, at least then you can see where it is failing.
Update: The memory test went OK.
As I'm installing from the LXF coverdisks I'm not offered the option for a text install rather than a gui installer, I just choose the OS from the DVD boot menu and then, when in the 'live' version of the OS, double click on the desktop 'install' icon, which runs the graphical install.
But this is interesting: I have another idle Windows XP PC, 1GB Ram, 2.66Ghz Celeron, onboard (probably Intel) graphics, and so I took the same HDD and installed Ubuntu on it without any problems - only problem is, it runs quite slowly. Although the original machine mentioned has a slower processor, it has a much higher end motherboard, so I took the HDD out of the 2.66Ghz machine and put it into the 1.6 Duron to see what happened.
..And it just started up and worked - in fact, I'm using it to send this to the forum now as it runs at a respectable speed on this hardware. So it does seem to be a 'failure of the installer' problem on this machine - rather than a failure of / incompatibility with the OS.
I'm now going to try the same with Mint 14 - install it on a HDD installed in the 2.66Ghz PC and then swap it into this machine to see how it runs.
The object of all this is to try out the most 'consumer friendly' versions of Linux that I can find (by consumer friendly, I mean those versions which offer as much multimedia power and capability as Windows, or nearly so, out of the box, or with a minimum of extra configuration).
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was forced to change my main PC just about a month after Microsoft pulled their perfectly decent Windows 7 from the shelves and replaced it with the horror that is Windows 8, and so I ended up with 8. I have never seen a better excuse to abandon Windows.