I posted elsewhere viewtopic.php?f=34&t=27334
that recent level 3 updates broke both my systems.
I understand it a bit more from here, but my solution is not to install any level 3, only level 1 and 2. There were so many level 3 updates the other day and I don't have the time, will or knowledge to know which is good or bad, so I hope my approach will work.
I assume, incidentally, that Ubuntu, and any other Ubuntu-based OS users will also have been knocked over by this, so it doesn't speak well for these users, either.
This is just the sort of thing that trips up the Linux casual user, like me. I still have to trust all my important files to my Windows machine. My Linux machines are second, mobile work platforms only for the time being, but I really like Mint 7 and have successfully installed various other programmes without system falure - Skype OSS, VLC, on the both machines, plus eee-control on my EEE PC 701.
Mint 7 full install off 16GB SD card in EEE PC 701 4GB. Mint 7 full install on Acer TravelMate 3200.