I am in the process of restoring Mint from backups. It will be back to Mint 17, I can not get 17.1 to work easily. You’d think they’d test this stuff before they kicked out a distribution, and normally I would before attempting an install but since Mint 17 had issues with KDE anyway I attempted without first testing.
For now I’m going to put it back to Mint 17, build a new virtual machine to work on 17.1 on, and when I figure out how to get it working I’ll upgrade the existing machine.
Sorry for the inconvenience everyone. This was really bad judgement on my part, owing largely to lack of sleep (I got up at 4:50AM and attempted this around midnight, too many hours up).