To fix one problem (terminal strangeness) I played around with a few things. Everything seems to work, then all of a sudden, I have no sound. Nothing short of divine intervention seemed to work.
So I elected to reinstall. I downloaded a bog standard ISO from the Mint homepage (cinnamon, 64 bit). I installed with unetbootin to a usb drive (my dvd drive is on the fritz).
Installation 1 had errors, so I tried again. Same errors.
So I swapped flash drive, installed unetbootin on my windows partition and grabbed Mint KDE. I thought by doing all this, I'd eliminate the errors completely.
No. This is what I got when "KDE" installed.
Followed by the Cinnamon desktop.
The only thing that makes any sense is that my system is b*ggered.
Any counter proposals?
i5 4440 3.1Ghz, Asus H87M-E motherboard, 8GB DDR3, 2GB DDR5 nVidia card, 2x500GB Seagate hd, Coolermaster 750W PSU running Mint 17.1 MATE and Win7
HP mini, 1.66 Ghz Intel atom processor, 2 GB DDR3, 320 GB hd, Mint 17 MATE