valnar wrote:No. Since no other Linux distro has this problem, I'm still going to conclude Mint is broken somewhere.
If Mint were broken then I suppose I'd be having the same issues in VMware and VirtualBox? But since QEMU, VirtualBox, BOCHS, VMware Server and VMware Workstation don't have this problem I am going to conclude that Microsoft's software is broken somewhere somehow, as always --- big surprise
Why don't you just try Mint on a real machine? It's a Live CD, you know. You can try it without having to reformat your hard drives in any way.
And besides, if you just wanted to try out some shell commands, you could use the terminal program in the GUI, I fail to see the point about insisting on CTRL-ALT-F2 etc. when it is obvious that something within that broken Microsoft software of yours doesn't work correctly.
Whatever error you experience is not there when running on real hardware or in any other virtualisation software, as far as I know.