I have a machine using an ASUS P9X79-LE mobo running Windows 8.1. I downloaded the Mint 16 Cinnamon and64 DVD, ran md5sum against the checksums to verify the iso file, and then burned the DVD with verification of the media against the iso after burning. So I am pretty sure there is nothing wrong with the media I am installing from. However, regardless of whether I have secure boot enabled in the ASUS BIOS or not, and regardless of whether I boot the default choice from the DVD menu or the compatibility mode choice, after a few seconds I see the message "kernel panic - not syncing: for safety". At that point the machine is frozen, and the only thing I can do is use either the reset or power button. With the default menu choice, that message is all I see on the screen. With the compatibility mode choice I get a screen full of information first, of which I have attached a photo, as I couldn't see any other way of showing the information other than writing it out longhand.
I also tried the media test choice from the install DVD menu, but it hung with the same kernel panic message. I can boot and run Windows on the same machine without any problem, including using some pretty heavy-duty programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom.
Any thoughts on how to get around this problem so that I can successfully boot the install DVD?