Now firstly i really liked Mint, but having had to reload some five times just to have it run fine for a day then lock, reboot, lock etc. i have gone back to Ubuntu 12.04 and no i do not like the desktop/ side bar, another problem with Mint it would not locate my net hard drive used for back up, why i have no idea! i tried every sort of net look up program i could find, with no luck, i am somewhat dispointed to say the least.
if some kind person comes up with a suggested fix/reason i will try again but untill then...
HP dv 6 laptop i3 6g 500g.