Spearmint2 wrote:New install? Check the md5sum of the DVD you burned from the ISO file you downloaded. They get hit up sometimes. Just recently I downloaded Mint17 and the first one was corrupted, but later the same site I received a good one. A corrupted ISO can be burned to a disc and then can seem to install successfully and some programs work, then a glitch happens that seems a bug, but it was due to the download losing some bytes along the way.
You should have started a new thread for this. Maybe a mod will move it over in a bit into it's own thread, so look for it there if you don't find it here.
It should perhaps be noted that DVDs were never really meant for *data* storage. They're mainly designed for media where the loss of a few bytes here and there is inconsequential.
I am certainly not an authority on the subject, but after having some disastrous DVD installs, my general conclusions are:
When possible boot from a CD. If the image is too large, transfer the image over to a USB stick and boot with that. There are usilities to make the stick bootable, but the best I've used involved using the dd command. Google 'dd USB bootable image'.
If using DVD it seems the -R may be more reliable than the +R types.(this point may be arguable!)
Use the SLOWEST recording speed *supported* (too slow may be a problem).
ALWAYS verify the image.
Rewritables are not recommended for long term storage.
Some Linux burners programs are problematic. Brasero seems like junk. Others have had good luck with it.
A newbie probable would have better luck moving the ISO to Win and burning with ImgBurn.