Looking for some hardware help/advice. I have an old Dell Optiplex 380 that has Win7 installed on the hard drive. My son and I would like to repurpose this desktop with Linux to keep it useful for a little while longer. We have tried two different live USB thumb drives one with MX Linux and one with Fedora Workstation. Both USB drives were recently used in the last week to install MX Linux and Fedora on Dell Optiplex 390s, but neither of the drives will boot into the live environment. MX Linux boot ends with “Segmentation Fault”. The Fedora boot ends with lots of Kernel warning messages flying across the screen before it freezes during the boot process. Both of them freeze about 10-15 seconds into the boot up process.
Just wondering if anyone has idea why a live Linux USB might not boot. We can get into the BIOS and there don’t appear to be any “Secure boot” options that you either enable or disable. The BIOS is identical to the 5 Dell Optiplex 390s that we have successfully installed Fedora or MX Linux onto.
Tomorrow we plan to try reseating the RAM sticks, and blow out the dust bunnies from the case. Other than that we are just looking for other ideas to try.