just dropping in to give an update on my unsuccessful attempts to install. i've redownloaded the iso, burned a few times (slowly) and made numerous attempts at getting the bootloader set up. the live cd runs perfectly, everything detected etc. after being unsuccessful when installing by trying to put grub into root, (hd0,9), and a few other various incantations of the same, i decided to let mint install it in the mbr as is the default (hd0). i expected to boot up to the mint grub screen, but instead got the grub error 13. so, i rebooted and lo and behold there's my pclos grub still intact. booted into pclos, mounted the partition where mint is installed in, opened up the grub folder, and there was no menu.lst even in there. which makes me think that for some reason, grub isn't installing at all. wondered whether I'd messed up my partition table or something like that, so I pulled out a gutsy alt disc and installed it to the mint partition. and it works fine. I'm kinda at a loss now what to try.