I have been away from Mint for some considerable time but I am back now and on the mission to find a Linux flavour for upgrading a relative's dated Ubuntu system. Mint seems like a good choice so I am trying out 14.1 on my secondary computer. I had great problems installing and even though I found the remedy in this forum it took me some time and quite a bit of digging so I thought a post dedicated to this particular problem and the work-around I found might bee a good idea.
Live session works just fine and to begin with the install procedure works as expected. When the actuall install starts the install sctript UI starts to show a slide show. On shifting to the second slide it dies and so does the install process. The mouse pointer remains in its work-in-progress guise -- forever.
After quite a bit of research I found reports of the slide show being corrupt and removing it in the live session before starting to install is the way to go:
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sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-slideshow-mint
Before figuring this out I dug out an 'old' Mind 12 LXDE disk and that installed just fine. I also picked up what had been installed of 14.1 and I could actually start 14.1 but it was impossible to login. Some more digging from within 12 showed me a 14.1 without any users defined...
I hope this helps.