Yes, I was able to get a Mint desktop on another machine. I did have to change to boot order around to get it to work so perhaps that's what I need to do on the W520? My success came with my small Acer Aspire One. I'll probably put LM 12 on it once I get it going on the Lenovo--haven't run a Linux distro since Xfce 8.12 on my Compaq Armada. I'm hoping the device support will be better now!
The Armada is still going strong but I'd like to have some sound.
Do you think switching the boot order around so DVD is 1st might do the trick on the Lenovo? Tx.