I think what it boils down to is that the graphica;/audio drivers are being loaded after a certain point. If you were to change the timing of these loading to earlier in the start process you may get sound upon start up. I personally dont mind not having start up music, It to me was a wasted process which delayed the start up. There is alot more to the Mint that just being pretty, it is an extremely well built distro, but like any distro on a 6 month release cycle there will be bugs! If you want a distro where everything works 100% of the time you have to give up on something like the release cycle. That is where Debian steps in over ubuntu. I can understand you are "ticked" off by your system not working as well as you would hope but after a new release you have to wait for bugs to be reported for them to be fixed, instead of moaning of the forums try being constructive and send a bug report or even better would be to try to fix it yourself and then post on the forum to let people know how to fix it. The developers have done a great job with this distro and if your willing to change distro just because you want to hear pretty music on every start up then no one is stopping you. With all thing Linux you have problems with graphics, its a simple fact of the lack of availability of the best drivers to suit your card. This is not a Linux problem this is a manufacture problem of only releasing drivers for certain cards for Linux.
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