I used MINT MATE 13 64 BIT AND MATE 14. I tried both from a flash drive and they worked fine until I installed mate 13. I got this black screen that had a lot of codes on it when i tried to install. I stopped and started over and the installation went fine but during the installation, the screen went dark and i could barely see it but it did install, so i rebooted and it was working fine until about 5 mins and it went dim first then after 3 mins it went dark and no clicking of the mouse or keyboard would brighten it back up. So when i restarted (instead of totally shutting down) it never brightened back up. So I shut it DOWN and went back into windows 8 and it worked fine until 5 mins and the same thing started again. So i returned it and got another and when i let the new one go into hibernation on both windows 8 & the live version and I clicked and it came back to norm. So i waited and let it do it about 2 hrs THEN i was comfortable with the install again but before the install actually started, i got that black screen with the codes again so i just stopped. Didnt want to mess the 2nd one up. The 2nd time I tried to install 14 and the same screen popped up. Here r the specs]
This Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 - 57310400 all-in-one
Intel® Pentium® processor G645
Features a 3MB cache and 2.9GHz processor speed.
Intel® Pentium® processor
Features classic 2-way processing performance, letting you run multiple applications simultaneously, so you can browse, send instant messages, download music and transfer photos all at once.
23" high-definition widescreen 10-point multitouch display
With 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning detail.
Features internal speakers for quality sound. A USB keyboard and USB mouse ensure comfortable use.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Create custom DVDs and CDs.
500GB hard drive
Offers spacious storage.
Intel® HD graphics
For lush images.
Built-in 720p webcam
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
6-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and MultiMediaCard formats.
2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Windows 8 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.