ok so, i was having many woes and troubles installing mint on my computer. being easily agitated, i loaded up my hard drive and drove to my friends house, liveCD in hand. i plugged up my drive and booted to the cd, it worked perfectly and i installed Mint 4.0 with ease.
upon arrival to my house, i found the HD still had mint on there, and would boot right up as normal to the first splash (selecting whether or not to go with the regular, recovery, or memtest...) naturally i tried to do the normal one and things were going good until it spit my out into a CLI asking for my login and then password, after entering those, it gave me a terminal driectory thing (blah blah blah-desktop:...)
im thinking maybe issues between the video card difference in my friends and my cards. we both have the same make and model processor and everything ele, but his card is nvidia and mine is an older ATI