I never managed to install the last Mint Edition. I also had problems trying to install Mint 14.
This time it wouldn't give any console things just an empty grey box.
For other reasons I was tweaking the bios today and saw it was in IDE mode so I switched to AHCI. Windows 7 seemed to be already configured to use it even though I installed in IDE... Then I thought oooh maybe this is why Linux Mint wouldn't get near loading..
I restarted and put linux mint 32bit mint usb drive in and booted from it.. I saw the grey square.. but it didn't just crash and hang there it booted right up! Woohoo!
I've now put 64bit on the usb drive and i'm going to restart and hopefully it will install and I can have linux again yaaaay!!
Until now to use linux I have had to use my netbook which is tiny and difficult
I'll let you know my results!