I installed Mint using a live USB key created using Unetbootin on a machine running Arch Linux. It seems to be Linux Mint 10 Julia. In installed the x86_64 live version from Unetbootin's selection.
After installation, the machine rebooted fine. Once logged in, I used software update to update the installation and configured a few things. Configuration included installing ntpd, an additional language and a proprietary driver. These were all done through the various GUI interfaces (not directly through aptitude). The graphics driver installed was, I believe, fglrx.
I also created an additional user account. I further configured the login screen and set some display options for the boot sequence. All through the Control Centre. This was essentially a question of specifying the resolution and disabling the display of a default user for login.
On reboot, nothing. That is, I think the machine booted but I couldn't get any display. I assumed that the hardware didn't like the new driver. So I switched off at the power button (since I couldn't see anything I couldn't do this cleanly). I then rebooted using the live USB key. I mounted the new filesystem and chrooted into the new installation, binding /sys, /dev and /tmp to /mnt/linuxmint/sys etc. I then ran aptitude from the command line. I purged the driver and the associated catalyst control centre module which depended on it. I also updated everything again although I was surprised to see so many updates since I had only just updated everything using software update (or so I thought).
On reboot, I get as far as the Linux Mint splash screen but the boot process never completes and I never get to the gdm greeter. Basically, I have to pull the power again...
Perhaps I should also mention that even before I screwed things up, I was seeing the following on (successful) boot:
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Using PCIE 2.
No device found.
[Pause before boot continues]
To the right of the Linux Mint splash:
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Too many connections...
Note that I may not have these messages exactly correct as I'm reproducing from my (not very reliable) memory but the gist is correct.
Any ideas what I've screwed up? Please let me know if I've not provided important information.