I have been trying to install Mint 14 on my desktop, and it has always frozen at the same general place, around installing system or setting up keymaps or so on. The mouse cursor freezes, Alt-Ctrl-F1 doesn't work, waiting doesn't work. I am installing off a USB drive(which the bios reads as a HDD, not sure what that is about), using Mint 14 x64, tried both cinnamon and MATE.
I tried disabling the slideshow by removing it, with no change. I also tried ubuntu 12.10 x64, freeze in the same place.
I honestly have no idea why it keeps freezing, and it never seems to freeze at copying files or anything, just when it starts to install and configure the actual system.
AMD tri-core, NVIDIA 9800GT, 4gb DDR2 ram.