I recently installed Mint to my laptop and it went very smoothly. On bootup, hit F8, go into my boot menu, select my USB drive and away we went into Mint. Inside I was able to install it, partition my drives, delete windows and everything worked out perfectly.
I'm trying to do essentially the same thing with my desktop, it has an ASUS motherboard (same as my laptop) and when I enter into the boot menu it looks a little different where I can select my boot drive. Instead of the full name of the USB it says "F: Generic Flash Drive". Anyway, I select it and I get a black screen with "Boot error" in the top left corner of the screen. It sits there until I hit enter, esc or anything on my keyboard. It then proceeds to boot up in Windows.
I've tried this a few times, looked into the BIOS settings (though to be honest, I don't really want to screw around aimlessly in there).
I tried deleting everything off of the USB, re-downloading Mint 14 and putting the .iso onto the USB with pendrive just to see if that was the problem, but I am experiencing the same issue.
Any help would be appreciated.