Graphics in 17 were not as good though.
I found this to be the case myself. That's because my graphics card in that notebook is an ATI Radeon 7500 (32MB). When Mint 17.1 would boot or shut down, the Mint icon was blurry with different colors.
In fact, installed Mint 13 yesterday & it ran fine, just have to remove Mediubuntu from the Update repositories, as it's no longer maintained. Instructions were easy enough for me to follow, and as a result, there were no update errors, though there were nearly 700 to install. That's to be expected with a 2012 release.
pcpunk, I believe you threw in the towel on Mint 13 too early. I read your linked Topic, and nowhere did you ask about the broadcom b43 issue at boot (described in the Release Notes), as well as took the liberty to add it to the Topic so that members knew what was going on. It's a simple fix to get past that point, hopefully someone will answer this for you in the Topic you created over there.
It's best to seek support on one forum only, and if one cannot provide you with an assist, then move to another. As you very well know, answers doesn't always come in a few minutes or hours. Sometimes it takes up to a full day or so, and if no answer, you can always 'bump' it by asking 'Any Feedback?' or similar question.
Posting on two forums only leads to confusion, with too much advice coming in. While sometimes the 'right' answer may be found, one may have to sift through several fixes to find 'the one', and by then, the system may have been modified, by the 'try & see' approach. With the end result being a modified distro that may cause future issues.
As to Down Them All, it's a great & flexible download manager, you need to take the time to learn the controls, as well as paying attention to the max speed of a connection by downloading a 100MiB file. 1MB/sec=1000KB/sec, divide that by 50% & you'll have 500KB/sec. Yes, it's good to show respect for those you connect to.
As to your last post, that should have been included here. Nothing to do with DTA at all. May have helped with your Topic there.