I've had this laptop for a while and I cannot get any recent version of any linux distro to work. The problem is with the graphics driver. I get random hard hangs with diagonal patterns on the screen. Only a hard reset works.
This is not a new problem, its related to Nvidia and Nouvou graphics drivers not playing nice with the geforce go 6100 chip.
I have seen a few people posting in here with other minor issues but noone mentions the above, so I'm hoping its not a problem for Mint. Otherwise I have the pain of windows vista.
Can anyone confirm they don't have this problem? It usually happens after an hour or so. It was never an issue on OpenSuse 11.2 but this is now no longer supported for security patches and updates break it anyway.