It's a shame you are running into these problems. I installed Mint 16 from a USB stick with none of the issues you mentioned. I wonder what we did differently?
In the meantime I added 4 new partitions for testing and it all works.
One difference could be that I did not use UEFI but an old fashioned BIOS install....
Let me know if I can help in any way.
(2013-12-10 21:49)husky55 Wrote: OK just a heads up. I spent days and hours trying to install Mint Cinnamon 16 on my NUC. It installed fine but then the reboot is what killed it. I knew going in that UEFI in the NUC caused a problem with the Mint 16 GRUB2. I also try to install REfind. But since I cannot get into the program because Mint and UEFI misplaced the bootx64.efi which I cannot find, I was stuck. Anyway there was no files in the EFI partition where they should have been. Yes I created the swap, EFI and main partition.
People talked about sudo this sudo that, but I cannot even get the MINT to boot after install!!!
Anyway, installed win8 and it's another story. For the Haswell NUC, win8 cannot even identify the intel wifi/BT card 7260, so I had to connect with the LAN. After the upgrade to the 8.1 which takes forever, MS asked for activation again, since it lost the key during the upgrade process. Why MS ownload was so slow and there was no other way to get the upgrade 8.1. I downloaded all the Intel drivers for the NUC and finally everything seems to work. Now on the XBMC!!!