After many many hours of trying to install Linux Mint on the Acer Aspire V5-122p, I enlisted the Linux Mint expert at work. (Wave at Nick!) We spent additional hours after work trying to get Mint to work and failed. Horribly. He was as perplexed as I was as to why we couldn’t get Mint to work. (Maybe it had something to do with secure boot or EFI?)
So… we tried Ubuntu 13.04 AMD desktop using the instructions found on the Ubuntu forums which explained how to download and install the correct graphic drivers. We had some wifi issues because the guest network requires a browser to authenticate and that’s not an option available during installation. We ended up copying the drivers to a USB stick and then installing them to the Acer.
Squeaky was most impressed.