new to the forum. i decided to erase the hard drive on an old IBM T42 laptop that was installed with win xp pro so that i could do a fresh install of linux mint, but now on start-up i get the IBM intro screen then it goes blank just a black screen, i used a hard disk eraser to erase the hard drive. i have tried using other disks just to see if anything happens but no joy.
don't know if this is any help, but my IBM ThinkPad x40 instructions say:
Turn on the computer; then, while the “To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button” message is displayed at the lower-left of the screen, press the Access IBM button. The Rescue and Recovery workspace opens.
Click Access BIOS. The System Restart Required window is displayed.
Click Yes. The computer restarts, and BIOS Setup Utility screen appears.
If you are trying with the current version of Mint, then you will be out of luck.
All current versions of high end Linux OS are 64bit
For very old machines try more basic 32bit versions say Ubuntu'v12 .
I have Avery ancient Toshiba Satellite100 running Ubuntu 12and an even older Toshiba Portage running Crunchbang
Other Linux worth a lookk at are SL,(simple Linux) and Pinguy