A tip so you don't go through a boat load of cds (like I did) - use a usb drive. You can download UNetbootin or another tool. This will burn the install to a usb device and it will install (if your BIOS support usb as boot device).
Too bad about all this linux mint non-sense, hope it hasn't put a bad taste in your mouth (mint joke, sorry). Everytime I've used it, it has been very nice, sorry it seemed like a flop this time around.