I don't know if that specific model is affected, but you should be aware of this bug
that affects at least some Lenovo models booted in UEFI mode. This isn't a show-stopper bug, but I'm sure it would be frustrating if you weren't aware of it. The solution would be fairly simple if you know how:
- Install normally in EFI mode. (This can present its own subtle issues, since it's easy to mistakenly boot in BIOS/legacy mode.)
- If GRUB appears when you reboot, ignore the following steps.
- Boot the installer in "live CD" mode.
- Open a Terminal window.
- Type 'sudo apt-get install efibootmgr'
- Type 'sudo efibootmgr -v' to get a listing of the boot loaders registered with the firmware. Identify the one associated with Mint. (It should be obvious by name and/or filename -- probably \EFI\linuxmint\grubx64.efi or something similar.)
- Type 'sudo efibootmgr -b #### -L "Red Hat Enterprise Linux"' or 'sudo efibootmgr -b #### -L "Windows Boot Manager"' to rename GRUB to something the firmware will accept. Note that "####" is a hexadecimal number corresponding to the boot loader you identified in the previous step.
- Reboot to test the change.
With any luck GRUB should come up. If not, you may need to try again, and check that the boot order (as identified and changeable by efibootmgr) is correct.
A tip: If you're comfortable doing so, do manual partitioning and create a separate ext2fs, ext3fs, or ReiserFS /boot partition of about 500 MiB. This will increase your options for boot loaders and boot configurations should you have problems with GRUB.
One more point: If this computer bears a Windows 8 logo, it must ship with Secure Boot enabled. I don't know offhand if the latest Mint includes a boot loader that's signed with a key that permits it to install on this computer. If not, or if you want to use something other than GRUB, you'll need to either disable Secure Boot or reconfigure it to use your own keys. I describe both options in detail here;
however, the details of how to adjust your firmware settings vary greatly from one implementation to another.