I had the same problem after installing LM 17 on my laptop with an Nvidia GT 650M grapics card. I already have Windows 7 installed and after I installed LM 17 in the freespace (after using GParted to designate as ext4 logical partition and a linux-swap partition).
I'm no expert, but this is what I did when I encountered the same problem:
1. From the grub boot menu, I started in recovery mode
2. When I got to the recovery mode menu (with the choices of: resume, clean, dpkg, fsck, grub, network, root and system recovery), I chose "network", hit enter and then replied "Yes" . This enabled networking.
3. Then from the same recovery mode menu, I next chose "root", and from the command line did the following series of commands:
$ sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude full-upgrade
Once that was finished--and it takes a long time--I did:
$ sudo aptitude install nvidia-331 --with-recommends
Once that finished, I did
$ sudo remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau xserver-xorg-video-all
Then I did
$ sudo update-grub
(Later I realized that "sudo update-grub" is actually one of the recovery mode options, the "grub" option; but, whatever, I did it from the command line).
4. $ sudo shutdown now
5. Powered laptop back on, chose Linux Mint 17, and it booted normally. The black screen problem was gone.
Last edited by kkruecke
on Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.