Installing Mint 14 or Mint 15 Compaq 6820s

The Mint 14/15 LiveCD worked fine on my old Compaq 6820s but after installation Mint would hang with a black screen during the boot process. After much rebooting and editing the grub config (hold down shift key during BIOS POST process to display the Grub menu) I found the solution that apparently everyone knows. Until I knew the answer I didn't know the correct question to pose to Google.

For some reason the Radeon video card doesn't like the graphical splash screen and has to be turned off with "nomodeset" command-line option, something like this:


sudo pluma /etc/default/grub

Change this line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

And apply the change with:

sudo update-grub