HAL stands for "Hardware Abstraction Layer". It was a defacto standard for a while but most distros now use newer, more modern methods for handling the computer's hardware. There are several methods for getting Amazon Instant Video to work under Linux Mint, but the following seems to be by far the easiest:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install hal
I am assuming you will be watching videos using Firefox. Downloading google-chrome-stable will not in and of itself help you, I know, I tried, and was disappointed. So now clear your cache (history) in Firefox then close the browser. Double-click on your Home folder, then click on View, Show Hidden Files, and delete the entire .adobe folder.
Next, reboot your computer and login to your desktop. Start Firefox and attempt to watch Amazon Instant Videos. The first video you attempt to watch may (or may not) do a little update. If the video doesn't start within about 2-3 minutes, simply close the browser and try again.
HAL appears not to interfere with any other aspect of running Linux Mint. Installing the above package helped me get Amazon Instant Videos running when nothing else would.