EDIT: see also the other thread for excellent advice: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=24654
OK, first you have to understand that wine is not perfect, it's basically attempting to rewrite windows from scratch. Since you're on such a tight and important deadline, and you aren't inclined to use openoffice (it really doesn't need learning), then I suspect you're not really ready to be messing around with wine. Thankfully that's not your only option (though see below for more info if you like), if your machine's reasonably beefy (made in the last 2-years, not a notebook, perhaps dual-core processor, 1-1.5 gig RAM) then you could install windows in a virtual machine using virtualbox, then install Office 2007 inside, and off you go. This is by far the best solution at the moment, so I'd try it before anything else, and I'd recommend installing XP rather than vista, as it's less resource greedy.
If this doesn't work (e.g. you don't have a good enough machine, which is unlikely) then I'm afraid, given the urgency of your deadline, I'd recommend re-installing windows (again, XP if you have it) and coming back to linuxMint when you can spend more time on it. I know, I can't believe I'm recommending Windows! on the other hand, the pain of a windows install will likely push you back to linux anyway
If you do want to go down the wine route, it seems there have been a few regressions in the latest versions of wine, so I'd recommend using v1.1.14 (using Force Version in synaptic) see also the winedb entries for more info:http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=4992&iTestingId=36541http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=12811&iTestingId=37059
p.s. I hope you backed up all your data! and good luck with your course. Let me know if you need more info about the virtualbox/wine option (you're on your own if you want to re-install windows)
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