Apologies if this is covered but search isn't bringing anything up OR I'm not using the right strings...strong possibility of the second choice being correct.
So Far, this has only happened in mint, and only since the 3.0 release. Am currently running the 4.0 kde ce version and it is stellar, however as with all other of the mint distro's I've used, I am not seeing any verbose output upon boot. At first, I thought it was just a bad install and after about a minute, I would give it the old three-finger salute and get rid of it. It turns out that I just didn't wait long enough. At about 1.4 minutes, I will get a login. I was fooled because there was little or no "hard drive chewing". It does have a funny box in the corner with some cryptic numbers and symbols within but hitting enter and enter again allows me to login. From there everything is fine, but I like to see the output as it boots.
Any ideas here? I am not familiar with taking screenshots in this mode, only when I have X. I will post some screenshots if someone will tell me how to capture this area.