My only option is to USB-boot, since I can't spare HD to partition on the laptop. I would've loved running a virtual server but it is my understanding that I can't make use of my Atheros AR8151 if I'm not actually booting the system.
Current system specs are as follows:
Intel i5-2410 CPU @ 2.30 GHz
8GB DDR3 Memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (2GB VRAM)
I have tried the following operating systems:
Generally, when I try and boot a 64-bit linux, the monitor shuts off. Most of the time, typing "reboot" or pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL restarts the computer but the problem doesn't go away.
When booting 32-bit linux, it usually boots fine the first time but not after that, I continually experience random errors such as:
Right now, I'm trying to boot BT5-R1-GNOME-64 and I experience this line near the bottom:
[ 108.341046] EXT2-fs (loop1): error: ext2_lookup: deleted inote referenced: 58841
Shortly thereafter, this loads:
ACPI Error: Method parse/execution failed [\_SB_.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP.DD02._BCL] (Node ffff8802533763e8), AE_NOT_FOUND (20110316/psparse-536)
I use UNetbootin to install to the USB stick and generally set persistence to 1024 MB. It really sucks that it keeps breaking like this, but the one time I actually got linux to run more than once was when I had persistence at 256 MB, but I ran out of space when I was "prepare-kernel-source"-ing or whatever the command was.
BusyBox v1.13.3 Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system