In answer to your questions:
- What are the specs of your machine (model, cpu, ram, hard disk)?
It's a Samsung P28 (new in 2005) with 1.5GHz processor, 224MB of RAM and 40GB hard disk.
Which VL version did you install (5.9, 6.0, Light, Standard, SOHO, KDE-Classic)?
Which VL Live version runs successfully on it?
- I can successfully run VL Light 6.0 on it. All peripherals work (including WiFi adapter), and it's super fast. So I did the install direct from inside VL Light 6.0 Live (via System > vlliveinstall). (I had already tried to do a standard install using the non-live version, but that wouldn't boot up either – kept getting stuck at the "Loading multiuser GUI" stage.)
What seems odd is that clearly the environment will work on this machine. For some reason, it just doesn't want to load it from the hard disk.