Great to have you in Mint!
"dont know if this is an issue with the google chrome browser or mint" Oh, it could be both, since Chrome is still not in Mint's repository, and the Linux version of Chrome (as far as I know) is the step-child in development to the Windows and Apple versions.
To further muddy the waters, I have been trying SRWare's version of Chrome, called Iron, which, they claim, strips out the "phone home" parts of Chrome. It still is funky (sometimes has a display problem with pages with flash content, for example). Often multiple refreshes will get past the advert or whatever, and the page will eventually show. Then it may, or may not be ok at the next site's flash content.
Malachi 3:10 NRSV
...says the LORD of hosts... I will not open...windows...for you...
Linux user since 2001 pda; 2006 lappy