So, yeah, everything seems to be working, but I don't know why I'm seeing white dropshadows around my windows. I tried changing the theme to something else and even installed more themes, but this bug remains constant, regardless of what theme I choose.
Here's a screenshot:
As you can see, the panel at the bottom has a black dropshadow, which is correct (i believe). I can't be sure if this is a bug that's specific to Cinnamon 1.8.x or my graphics hardware (Intel 82852/855GM; aka "i915"). Also, if it matters, note that I am indeed using the 3.8.x kernel. I have also applied all the available updates from the Update Manager.
Here's more info on my graphics hardware:
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rkmugen@v2000 ~ $ inxi -Gx
Graphics: Card: Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org: 1.13.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 852GM/855GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.3 Mesa 9.1.1 Direct Rendering: Yes
As for my xserver-xorg-video-intel, I'm using version (2:2.21.6-0ubuntu4). I should also point out that after a fresh install of Mint 15 Cinnamon, and booting off of the hard drive, I was taken to a Cinnamon fallback session, where I was stuck with 15/16-bit color. I got around this by creating an xorg.conf file and setting my default depth to 24-bit color. After rebooting, I was able to start the normal Cinnamon session.