@eep - It saves a lot on download time. Keep in mind I'm new and don't really know what I am doing. I would look to the more experienced people given the trouble you've had installing.
@str8: Thanks for the reply and the info, considering that you managed to figure out your problems you certainly have more knowledge than I have or have the time to get, so I need to spend a couple hours going through your posts about this "nouveau" vs "nv" and again look more closely at omeluuk's posts as well before I try again. I selected the "choose drivers for this system" instead of the "all drivers" but didn't have a way to check what omeluuk picked. For instance omeluuk went with "expert url=mint.org" and then must have logged into ssh to finish?? but you seemed to say just go for the "install url=mint.org" . . . . But all of this requires time; it would be great to first figure out exactly what is going wrong--and as always it could be something "minor" . . . in the case of the "expert" install one question that came up has to do with the system clock--and how to choose it--since I'm installing mint next to OSX there MAY be some issue there? or as Omeluuk seemed to be pointing at the "initrd" file . . . and I went with almost all the "default" selections except this time I added "rescue;" so I don't know if I can "rescue" this installation or not . . . . ojordan posted some instruction on my thread and that may help out to find what is going wrong. Anyway, perhaps next time I'll try out the Deb Wheezy PPC method and try to add the mintppc.org on to pick up the packages that JD has selected and see what happens that way.
@JD: well . . . I guess that's always an option, I'm doing a little better than I was when I made my first cash donation in the fall of last year . . . that was a rough time, buttttt still not a lot of splashy cash to throw around for a computer--how much is a 800MHz G4 iMac going for these days? . . . to me right now there isn't too much disposable income that isn't already spoken for. : - )) Otherwise I'd want to wait until the OSX browser isn't working for anything, then I would have a "need" to get it going--meanwhile I'll keep playing with it; especially if I can get the install down to 1 hour or two . . . .