Can you insert a 8 GB SDcard in the slot before booting the liveUSB/CD?
I took a guess at the file system, picked FAT32, it worked. The installer is now at the point of partitioning the SSD for a custom installation. Thanks, Charles, you were right.
You might try the brand new 4.4.0 legacy ISO. Don't use unetbootin for writing the ISO to USB, ....
Yes, I did download that, and that's the version that seems to be working.
On the third attempt to boot from the CD, first Live Bodhi, and then the installer ran normally, with all check-boxes and options visible. Not sure what was happening on the desktop system that it didn't run there. I may have to take a look at the optical drives and see if something needs cleaning.
The 701 uses a USB optical drive, so that's completely separate from the build-in drives on the desktop.
Also helpful was inserting a 1GB RAM chip from the 701SD into the 701, just for the installation -- things seemed to run faster after that.
I may start another thread for material removed from this post about problems with the installer CD running on the desktop system, if it persists after checking the drives. The problem in the subject of this post is completely solved, thanks to Charles!Go to the full post