Linux Mint 21.1 install on old laptop

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I am trying to install Linux Mint on an old Acer Aspire 3680 laptop. (2 gigs mem, new SSD hard drive)
I have Linux Mint on a bootable USB flash drive.
When I try to install after the GNU GRUB menu, it goes right to the command line. No errors, no requests.
And it will just sit there for hours. I don't believe anything is happening.
Not sure what to try next.
 


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Welcome to the Forums
Is this the 2009 model with the Celeron processor?
If so, it will NOT be UEFI, and will need to be installed in legacy mode [see below]. Don't expect it to be very quick as it is only an entry level machine, If you want to use mint then I suggest you use Mint LMDE5 [it's a tad lighter than Mint 21]
new SSD hard drive)
Is this new and unused? If it has had windows on it, there may be a hidden partition at the beginning of the drive which will stop grub from loading

legacy booting..
The key factor is the partitioning scheme of the HDD/SSD. If you select GPT, that requires UEFI. So for legacy BIOS computers, use MBR.

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It may also only be a 32 bit machine, in which case you will need one of the few 32 bit builds still available.
 
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Thanks!
Some more info:
Intel Celeron M440 @ 1.86 GHz.
Brand new SSD.
I'll try Mint LMDE5.
 

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With two gigs of ram it will not run Mint well if at all. try LMDE5 or xfce. but you may be better off with a distro like MX-xfce.
Resource requirements for Mint Cinnamon are
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 100 GB of hard drive space
  • 64 bit CPU (single core) with 2 GHz speed or better
  • 1440 x 900 resolution or higher
  • High definition graphics card and monitor
  • High speed internet connection
 
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I know I am pushing the envelope on this. Trying to make an old laptop usable for someone who only needs a basic machine. I fix up old ones as best I can and donate them to a local non-profit to gives them to people in need. But I admit, maybe this one is destined for recycling.
 

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with two gigs of ram, this system could use a 32-bit distro. 32-bit mx linux 21 xfce on my old core 2 duo boots with less ram used than the 64-bit version on a different system.
 
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Ooops. With LMDE5 I am getting the following error:
"Requires x86-64 CPU. Only i686 detected."
 

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Intel Celeron M440
Sorry to tell you that's a 32-bit processor, so you will need a 32 bit distribution, I have 2 old acers both 32 bit the 2000 travel mate [yes 23 yrs old] runs both peppermint re-spin 32 bit and MX-19 32bit the other a 2008 ZG! runs debian stable 32 bit
 

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OH and if you're still having problems with 32 bit, then it could also be that the laptop is not compatible with SSD
 
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ok. Thanks all! But it seems the SSD is now the problem.
It cannot prepare required partitions. So I think this experiment will not work if it can't handle an SSD.
Thanks again!
 

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it seems the SSD is now the problem.
you can pick up a small plate spinner to fit for next to nothing.
oh and this post is coming to you from my 2000 Acer Travlemate 32 bit with MX 32 bit booted
 
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are you talking about a standard hard drive? I could try that but the slowness might make it useless. (Impressive machine you have though)
 

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It still has its original plate spinner [40 GB traditional hard-drive, ]. Yes it is slow to boot, and would never break any speed records, but as my spare machine it does the job [I think there may be a few members still running 686/Pentium 2 machines. just because they can]
 

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From version 20 only 64bit is available for Mint...with your specs I think it's time to get a newer computer.
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I have a HDD sitting around that I will try. But if that doesn't work, I think it is destined for parts. Thanks again!
 

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