Taking the liberty of creating a new thread for Beta4 reports.
Thank you. Much appreciated.
Daniel and I both reported, in the prior thread, inability to boot Beta 4 on "old" machines, i.e. PIII's.
Beta4 is looking good for me.
I installed beta 4 on the 1.3 GHz Celeron today.
So, then, what are we to understand? There is some minor, obscure, insignificant defect in the installer, which at least two folks have overcome, in their testing of "old" motherboards/cpus?
If one reads, again, the various complaints/suggestions, from the beginning of this beta release, to the present day, a picture emerges of unreliable software.
The alternative explanation is that (at least in my case) ignorance plays a significant role, trumping any suspicious behaviour by this most recent beta version of the OS itself.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I certainly would not trust this version of Vector Linux on any of my important office computers, while at least SOME people are reporting an inability to even install the OS. This is more reminiscent of Linux in the late 1990's, a decade ago.
In view of my having had difficulty, (alone, I imagined, until I read Daniel's comment), and having heard NOTHING on this forum, vis a vis solving this problem with the installer re: Beta-2 and Beta-3, I CHANGED MY HARDWARE, swapping a perfectly good Trident graphics controller, integrated into the chipset of the motherboard, for a different graphics controller, made by Nvidea, based upon S3, on a different motherboard. I also swapped cpu, from the Tualatin, I had been using, to an older, "more reliable", PIII, 1133, thinking that perhaps the problem was with that particular chip set or motherboard. But no. Same problem. Same lack of solution, months pass, and all I read here, is "installs fine".
Yes, it does install fine, on my OTHER computers, the bigger, faster, newer, "better", 64 bit computers, for which Linux is neither required, nor desired. What Vector SOHO beta 4 doesn't do, is install on the target apparatus, ten year old motherboards, memory and cpu's all of which install adequately with Slackware 13.0 (and countless other flavours).
If it is the intention of the architects of this flawed version to exclude older hardware, then, that is not a crime against humanity, but, it would be useful, and save bandwidth on the forum, if that fact could be acknowledged, up front, honestly.