I expected much more from you guys!
My father was running on mint 12 and all was well until the adobe plugins would not update. Apparently, the only flash plugs that do work are the mint ones. I tried the others from the software manager and no dice.
So I figured, since 14 was up and available, I'd simply upgrade him to 14. Well I downloaded the KDE version, because I like the desktop, burned the DVD and it takes forever to come up, although I understand it is running off the dvd, so it would take longer. When it finally tried to install, it could not create the partition tables. I thought it might be a hardware problem, so we went out and got another hdd; same brand, same size. At 33% of creating the partition table, it dies and says it can't do it.
So I thought I must have a bum distro, so I went back and downloaded the KDE, cinnamon and MATE from an entirely different server, just to be safe. Today I go over and I tried each one. None of which would completely install. It would format, set up the partition table and die while installing files. No activity on the dvd or the hdd and a spinning circle.
I resorted to installing Windows XP home and it worked, so it's not a hardware problem. If someone know how to fix this or a decent place to get a WORKING distro, please let me know.