Yesterday, after running Linux Mint x86 in VBox & VMWare Player (both were too slow), I decided to do the real install. All would've been fine, had I not installed the AMD/ATI graphic drivers, which normally does fine. I first tried the 64 bit (I have 64 bit hardware, so I run a 64 bit OS), then the 32 bit, then I completely re-downloaded the x64 version & tried the install (late last night), still no go.
After careful thinking, backtracing my steps (I'm a experienced Mint user, began with Gloria), it was evident that either the hardware drivers were the incorrect type, or that the graphics were good enough not to need the driver. I took the chance, didn't install the drivers upon prompt, & have been using Mint 12 x64 quite well.
What it was, after installing the drivers, which normally goes well, the screen really began to screw up. The update box was leaning sideways & split in two, there were no controls available to reboot, only the "Computer" & "home" (normally "Cat's Home") were there. No Start Menu whatsoever, nor the top ribbon. On both VBox & VMWare, it was different, the Start Menu is a drop down from the top to the bottom (like older Ubuntu releases).
Like I've stated, since not installing the hardware drivers (hopefully will be fixed in the near future), Mint 12 has ran great. I'm not totally used to it yet, but it's different, so it takes time to get used to things. Plus this is a RC, not a main version, though soon it probably be. But there is one thing that users will have to get used to & deal with, and that's change. It's the human nature not to "like change", unless it favors them. It was that way at the workplace, the employees hated any change of their jobs with a passion, but the human mind has one great attribute, and that's being able to adapt to the situation at hand. It's amazing, the power of the human brain.
We'll make it, and Mint will pull further ahead. Watch & see.
Proud Linux Mint user since 2009