thanks for good answers. I only plan to use SparkyLinux (no windows) I wipe the harddrive before I attempt to install. And I set them up the way I like it with 18 gigs for root primary partition ext4, 4,5 gigs for linuxswap and then the rest for /home primary ext4 ca 53gigs.
I tried to install the SparkyLinux 4.4 LXDE x86_64 at least 20 times, no joy, I also tried Mate version and the LXQt version still no joy. BUT the good news I managed to install the XFCE version at the third attempt :-) Now I'm going to try to install the Sparky's XFCE version on the two other laptops.
Thanks a lot guys for friendly advice :-)