I found the final release of mint 7 on the mirrors, downloaded it and burn it to a CD. I rebooted my laptop and when my cd-rom drive tries to "boot" into the linux mint bootloader, all that happens is I get a black screen with a tiny orange dot near the corner of my screen.
Another observation, I have an Asus X83VM which is essentially an Asus N80 series laptop. In order to get these to work with any linux distro I have had to go into the bios menu and change the "IDE" (SATA) controller settings from "ENHANCED" to "COMPATIBLE otherwise I will get read errors from any distro while reading the LiveCD's. This must be due to my certain SATA chipset from my laptop not being supported properly? Well, I decided to change my BIOS settings from my linux friendly "COMPATIBLE" back into "ENHANCED" and to my surprise the Mint 7 CD booted up fine. I got to the desktop, tried installing, as soon as the installation began, the cd-rom drive began to have "read errors" (same ones I have mentioned before regarding my SATA chipset).
Not knowing what to do, I changed the BIOS settings back to "COMPATIBLE". Then, my solution for this problem was inserting my ubuntu 9.04 cd into the drive for the boot menu to come up, selected english, then I swaped out the ubuntu cd for the mint 7 one and selected boot from livecd. Mint 7 booted up just fine from there and I was able to install it just fine also. I am guessing this is a problem with the mint 7 boot loader itself.
If you guys need to know any information about my system, let me know what output you need and how to get it.
Hope this helps someone out and that the problem gets fixed!