Your installation steps look okay.
This just about sounds like the dreaded Intel bug, that is plaguing the latest *buntu, Mandriva, etc. distros!
But . .
. . there may already be a fix! Just need some more info.
Can you try to log into 'compatibility mode' ? ( at the GRUB boot screen ) If not, can you run the Live cd okay?
If so, once you are in Mint, open a terminal, and type:
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and paste back here. This will give us a look at your hardware, and is the starting point for troubleshooting your problem.