General :: Linux Distros Aren't Installing

Mar 21, 2011

I have an older laptop (hp pavilion dv1000), specs are:
Intel Pentium M 1.5 GHz
512mb RAM
60gb HD

Before attempting the below, I had XP installed on it, and it ran without issues, other than being a little slow.I'm looking to install a linux distro, but I've had a ridiculous amount of issues so far. Currently, there isn't anything installed on the machine. I've tried (booting via cd iso's):

1. Ubuntu 10.04.2-desktop-i386: Got to splash screen, then black screen. Never got to iso boot menu.

2. XUbuntu-10.04.2-desktop-i386: Got to splash screen, then boot menu. Chose the install option, and it went to a black screen. Nothing else happened.

3. openSUSE-11.4-KDE-LiveCD-i686: Installed all the way, except the graphics didn't behave correctly, the whole thing was glitchy and problematic, I decided to move on.

4. XUbuntu-10.04.2-alternate-i386: After a seemingly perfect installation, upon reboot I get this...
"The disk drive is not ready yet /dev/mapper/crystswap is not ready yet or not present", then gives me the option to wait or do a recovery. I tried waiting, it boots to a black screen. I tried the recovery, and now it doesn't boot at all.

Anyone have any good recommendations for a linux distro that should work out of the box with this laptop? I'd like to install NetBeans, firefox, and etc, so nothing too basic. Just something that will run quickly given my specs.

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After trying several times to get 4 (or even 3) OS' installed on one drive using one GRUB has been a pain, so it looks like I'll have to put each OS' GRUB on it's respective partition and use one OS' GRUB as a primary in the MBR. With all that being said:

1. What's the best GRUB to use? Much difference between Ubuntu 9.10's and Mint 8's?

2. I'm not worried about saving data on a separate /home partition, so could I use one swap partition and a / root for each OS (giving each one about 10GB)? Would that just mean resizing the previous install's partition and manually creating a 10GB / ?

3. I've read the GRUB 2 guide several times, and when manually adding all of the GRUB's in different partitions to the "main" GRUB, all I need to enter is the title, root entry, and possibly chainloader +1?? This is the area I need the most help in... manually adding entries to GRUB 2... not too worried about Windows because that's usually detected, just adding other distros.

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