Sounds like video driver issues... I'd try doing the "Additional Drivers" thing prior to updating the system. Also, I always have better luck using Synaptic rather than Mint-update for the initial (huge) round of updates, though I doubt that's really a factor here. I'm guessing you have an Nvidia graphics card that doesn't play well with the free driver (nouveau) when combined with the updated kernel.
claudecat: I use an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6250, an integrated GPU in my netbook.
The same thing happened twice. I think the first time I manually installed the newest ATI driver from ATI's website, before doing dist-upgrade. And the second time I didn't install any proprietary driver (was just using the open-source one) when I did dist-upgrade. Does that still suggest to you a video driver issue?
The question is why you are doing a dist-upgrade in the first place? If all you wanted to do was upgrade packages and didn't want to use mintupdate, you should have used apt upgrade, synaptic or installed the ubuntu update manager.
remoulder: What is wrong with dist-upgrade? I read up on the difference between upgrade and dist-upgrade long ago and came away with the idea that dist-upgrade is usually better, plus I've done it many times before on other Ubuntu and Mint distros and never had a problem, especially on fresh installs.
I was doing it because Mint 13 KDE came out months ago so I just wanted to have everything up to date. Isn't that what people use the command for?
dist-upgrade more than likely updated the kernel and thus threw you video driver into non operating status.
you may have to revert back to the older kernel to get it working.
on the boot screen when you first boot mint. how may kernels are listed? if more than one try the older of the two and see if you can get into mint.
If you can go to synaptic and remove the one not being used. (the newer one).
kc1di: This happened with both an open-source driver (the one contained in the .ISO I presume) and a proprietary one manually installed from ATI's website. Do you still think the cause you stated is likely to be the culprit?
As for GRUB listing different kernels on boot, well, I never even see GRUB after Mint 13 KDE installs... before or after dist-upgrade... and I don't know what's up with that. It's never happened before with other distros. On boot it goes from the OEM's screen (whatever that's called, the one with some system info) to black screen for about a minute, then to KDE's login manager. That's what normally happens before I attempt to upgrade stuff and ruin everything in the process.
For anyone reading, I was also wondering what people do during dist-upgrade when it comes to three files that you're asked to either replace or keep. I believe they were "issue", "issue.net", and "lsb-release", or something like that. I checked the differences between the revisions and the stock .ISO ones have what looks like Mint identifying info, while the updated ones have Ubuntu identifying info. I was a bit confused because obviously the older Mint-identifying files are custom for Mint but the newer Ubuntu-identifying files might be needed to work well with all the other upgrades?
So, I'm still uncertain and if possible I'd like some more feedback before tinkering and trying again. Every failed attempt kinda wastes several hours of my day unfortunately. Thanks for the help.
Linux newbie still. Asus Eee PC 1015b with 2012 LMDE XFCE.