Memtest, DVD check, and failsafe mode
|What doesn't work:|
Won't boot in full graphical mode. This partucular machine has Nvidia Quadro 110m option, and with the included Nouveau driver it boots to a mouse pointer, plays startup sound, then nothing. Mouse pointer works, background is dark (nothing drawn), and computer won't respond to keyboard inputs at all.
|What was done to make it work:|
Tried booting in failsafe mode and installing Nvidia 304 driver. (173 isn't installable due to missing dependencies/virtual packages)
Cinnamon starts loading, then crashes: " Cinnamon has crashed, would you like to relaunch?", repeatedly.
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace restarts Cinnamon in unaccelerated mode at correct resolution (1280x800). Opening Nvidia control panel at this point and clicking Apply crashes the control panel without saving the settings.
Intel 945pm chipset, Nvidia Quadro 110m 64MB 64-bit VRAM (like 7300).