So I've searched around on the internet quite a bit, and tried a lot of different fixes that I'd found, but none worked for me.
So first off, this is on an Acer Aspire 771G-9809 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215672
It has an Nvidia 650M and Intel HD4000 graphics, and from what I understand there are some issues with getting black screens on installation and booting the live CD. The fixes for that were always add nomodeset to the Grub line, and I did, but it did not fix my issue. Then, I read I could try adding "acpi=0" to the grub line to boot into the live CD, and I did with no results. However, booting in compatibility mode DOES allow me to boot into the live CD and run the installation! It goes through the entire installation process, and when it gets to the "Configuring Hardware" stage, it never completes. I left it like that for more than 24 hours, and was stuck there. I even tried doing this installation by adding "acpi=0" to the grub line before booting into compatibility mode, and no luck. I'm VERY new to linux, so I'm not sure what other options I have, and I wasn't sure whether I should post it here or in the Linux beginners section, so feel free to move it there if thats where it belongs. Thanks so much for any and all help guys! I really appreciate it, especially since I'm so new.
Edit: I forgot to add, that I'm installing Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon x64.