eduncan01 wrote:This is the same thing that happened to me. I believe it's something in the partition manager. I am dual booting windows xp as well, and for some reason after I selected to run them both side by side, the partition manager resized my NTFS partition to where I only had about 2.5GB left and then Linux Mint used the 2.5GB for installation. Once I rebooted I had the black screen and mouse pointer only.
I used GParted to resize my partition back to the way I had it before, reinstalled Linux Mint and then manually partitioned the drives. Works fine now. Hope this helps. . .
Side by side install option...Megga @%$&! Congrats on getting manual install working Feels good when its done.