Some users which want to install Linux mint encounter a black screen during running of the Linux CD and cannot install it out of the box. This affects mostly newer Nvidia GPUs. How to go: Boot live from the Mint CD/USB. In MBR boot mode a screen appears: automatic boot in 10,9,8..seconds. Press any key to show the menu. Press TAB to edit the first line (Start Linux mint) Replace quiet splash with nomodeset and hit enter. In EFI mode the screen looks different. Press E to edit the first line (Start Linux Mint *Edition*) Replace quiet splash with nomodeset and hit enter. You should now be able to install Mint on your PC. After the installation, reboot the computer and hold SHIFT to force the boot menu to appear. Press E to edit the first line of the boot menu. (The first line is your Mint version to be run). Find the line containing quiet splash. Replace quiet splash with nomodeset Press CTRL-x or F10 to boot. If your graphics card is from NVIDIA, once in Linux Mint, perform the following steps to install the NVIDIA drivers: Run the Driver Manager Choose the NVIDIA drivers and wait for them to be installed Reboot the computer If you want to have a list with more recent drivers to choose read post #2 With these drivers the system should now be stable and you no longer need to use "nomodeset" Note: If you still cannot boot try one of the following solutions: -Try with "nouveau.noaccel=1" instead of "nomodeset". -Use the "Compatibility mode" to boot and install Linux Mint. -After the installation, use "Advanced Options" -> "Recovery mode" from the boot menu and choose "resume". These instructions are from the official Mint site and helped me to install Mint using a Nvidia GTX970.