arochester said:Look at this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PAE
Linux Mint is derived from Ubuntu.
A number of older Pentium M processors produced around 2003-4 (the ones with 400 MHz front side bus) do not display the PAE flag, and hence a standard installation fails. However, these processors are in fact able to run the latest (and PAE-demanding) kernels if only the installation process is modified a little.
excellent!! thanks for this. the link was extremely helpful. so much i have printed it for posterity.
also, i did install antiX. love it. so far a very user friendly disto of debian. still gathering operations info and "playing" with it. thanks for the recommendation elptuxman.