great problem with very old desktop. System is an old AMD Athlon XP 1900+ on a ASUS A7V600-X MoBo with NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200. System support CD-Boot only! No USB-Stick or HD work as boot device. Installing Luna-i386 will open the installation window and install everything OK. After reboot i get the Luna background picture and a black window in the middle of the screen. Nothing more. No panel no plank. Pressing strg-alt-t i got a terminal without window and can type blind, that work. Struggling with terminal over grub-boot i found NVIDIA driver is loaded and graphic-card is well.
So i stopped fighting with Luna and try Freya i386 0.3.2 CD wont boot! The shift-key wont work to get options, "e" wont work, nothing happens. After a while the normal boot occurs. No message, no error, nothing. No problem, new .iso - new cd - next try - no luck!
Any help is welcome