The KDE 4.4.2 LiveCD runs fine on my Gateway MX6425 -- a laptop of undetermined vintage as it was "refurbished" when I bought it in 2006. A sticker on the keyboard boasts "64-bit Powerhouse" AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology + 1 GB memory. It probably was great back then!
I downloaded 2010.1 a couple days ago, burned (at 8X) to a CD and waited for this upgraded version to run. The CD loads nicely using the default version and the "Safe" version until it gets to "Detecting Hardware". Then the cooling fan shuts down and I'm admiring a lovely black screen. No messages, no sounds, I'm left in the "dark" screen-wise.
Am I too old for KDE 4.4.3 and/or for whatever updates may have been included in 2010.1?
If I install 4.4.2 and then upgrade to 4.4.3, will I again have a black screen to admire when I reboot?
I want to return to PCLOS after a couple years with a "reinstall-every-six-months" OS and I do like the new KDE especially since it has digiKam. I play with photography and like the program.
I did use PCLOS 2007 for a couple of years then, in a weak moment, decided to use something different. It was OK except for the "every-six-months" idea...
Can I get back to PCLOS? Is my system too old for 4.4.3? If so, I also have the LiveCDs for Phoenix (which doesn't have a way to to load my printer from the LiveCD -- offers only to set up a scanner. I don' have a scanner...) or LXDE which runs very well and automatically finds my printer. (I will address the Phoenix situation in their forum, if I'm too old...)
How can I get 2010.1 to detect my hardware? Due to my vintage, am I better to use one of the other 5 or 6 choices from PCLOS?