I wiped my extra laptop clean, then installed Ubuntu 12.04 with Cinnamon over it. Its running great... after it boots up. It's taking over 2 minutes to completely boot. Most of the time is at the empty black screen. There seems to be no hard drive activity during this period. All of a sudden, the hard drive light comes back on, and into Cinnamon we go.
The reason that I think it may be something to do with the wireless (or network managment in general) is because when Cinnamon first appears, there is no network connectivity at all, wireless or hard-wired. Going into Network properties, it gives me an error "not compatible with this version". If you wait at the desktop for about another minute, all of a sudden the wireless starts working and all is well. Once the wireless starts working, there is no error message going into Network properties (although it defaults to Airplane Mode every time, which I've never seen before).
I'm sure there's some kind of log file that I can rifle through trying to find where it's stopping. Can anybody help me out as far as where that might be?