well after doing my own research, i found this thread - http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopi ... 59&t=18830
the fix looks like exactly what i need, but now i've hit another hitch; i can't even type anything at the command line to log in, and yes, before anyone asks, my keyboard works fine (how else would i be typing this post?). To be honest, i'm about ready to jack it in with Linux, say what you will about Windows but in this day and age an operating system that can't even display a gui properly is a pretty poor affair.
thanks for all the help and support you've given me too guys.
Do you have Legacy USB support enabled in your BIOS? That should get your keyboard working...
As far as the Nvidia drivers are concerned, things are getting worse with the new drivers. Now you have to reconfigure xorg after updating your driver
To update my drivers I usually have to enter the following commands:
1. Press Ctrl-Alt-F1
2. sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
3. sudo apt-get remove nvidia*
4. sudo sh ./NVIDIA......run (what ever the driver is called)
6. oh no! X server is messed up
7. reboot into recovery mode
8. sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
Everything should be working now. The 180.18 drivers are really nice, you should give them a try.