We did a normal install of Mint 7.0 Gloria, letting it use the whole hard disk, after specifying that i should format the HDD to ext. 3 files system. When the install got to about 20% of the files copied, the weirdest thing happened: my friend got loads of different windows opening on her screen, even as Mint installed. Some at least were Nautilus file browser windows, some gave error messages, some were an empty home folder, one at least was a web browser window. She said there were 17 in all.
We let the install keep running, as it wasn't freezing up. She rebooted when prompted and took out the CD. The computer rebooted into a lovely Linux Mint Gloria desktop - with NO pop up browser windows!
She is just beginning a love affair with Linux which saved her unused year old quad core from becoming a paperweight. I'm proud of Linux and Linux Mint - and wondering what the hell was going on
My only hypothesis being a virus in the MBR. But then I know nothing about it. I'll mark this as solved - but am interested in anyone's ideas as to what I just experienced.
Thanks for trying to help!