Re: Checking it out under Linux is a good idea.
" Most can't get Mint to get past the boot loader no matter what they try."
What are they noobies or something ?, all it takes is to add a "mystical" parameter that will instruct the boot loader to make an injunction over the North Bridge that itself will activate the deepest most obscure answer to the universe that ever existed.. Unfortunately that answer will seldom be 42.
In any event all the noobs need to start reading the man pages in Russian...