When I am in the live image of LMDE and start the install, I go through the process of entering information, configuring partitions, etc. For the partition, I have a 100GB primary partition with / set as the mount point and formatted for ext4. I also have a 2GB swap space set up in a logical partition. Everything always goes smoothly up until it starts copying files from the media to the PC. The progress bar gets anywhere from 1/8th to 1/3rd of the way through and everything freezes (mouse, progress bar, everything). I have to do a hard shutdown in order to get out. It doesn't freeze copying one specific file, it just happens randomly. The fan also kicks on in my laptop and it starts getting pretty hot. I have used a DVD for installation media (also verified the disk in the live boot menu) and 2 different pen drives (made using Pen Drive Linux installer). I did do a checksum on the image and it matched, so I have no idea what the problem could be from.
On another note, I can successfully install Debian 7.1.0, although I haven't tried any other distributions beside that and LMDE. I might just have to "Mintify" Debian if we can't figure this out, because I like Cinnamon very much.
Version: LMDE 201303 64bit (checksum verified)
Media: Pen Drive and DVD
Hardware: Samsung Chronos 7, Legacy boot only, Nvidia graphics 640m, Intel i7, 8GB memory
If you have any more questions about my hardware or the process I went through, please let me know. Thank you for any help.