Welcome to the Mint familly....
join in the Linux Mint Community
too. there are a lot of tutorials to learn from..
and if you have the drivers for linux, then it means you have to install it first. may be it will provide a easy mean to connect after installing those drivers (may be a gui). there may be a readme file containing instruction on how to install it or may be i can help you if you let me know the contents (folders, subfolders, fles) of the cd.