It does seem that the time of a 'nix O/S being lightweight & will run on anything - have passed.
Mint now does have severe hardware requirements & that is mainly from it's upstream parent.
Mint 13, when it has finished it's install routine,
- simply sits @ the gui desktop & never spits out the DvD, or even reboots.
video issues have come back into play, & won't work on older H/W.
and some other things, as well . . .
either way - it's still away & better than the latest M$_Tax offering.