Hey I'll take any suggestions I can get. So, thank you for trying.
Yes I was able to boot off the LiveCD at one time. That's how I got the install done in the first place. In between I replaced the speakers in the laptop and redid the disk partitions. After the restore, I am running Mint 14 now but, it's from when I was able to boot off the CD. It is the first boot device. The boot does start. I just hangs part way in. Some clue about what it's doing then would be a big help.