bill - 11:14 pm on Sep 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
This was a "new" refurbished machine with a blank HDD, so I was working from a clean slate. I was getting a blank screen after my Mint install and no amount of rebooting or reinstalling seemed to work.
I'll give the USB key a try. I'm assuming tools like unetbootin allow for multiple OSs on the same USB dongle. I'd like to have more than one option.