Happened to me today after a month of struggling:
The installer on a live usb was freezing right after i clicked continue after checking if i had enough disk space and an active internet connection.
The culprit was my windows disk (a crucial ssd 250gb) where a hidden partition created by windows 10 was hindering the install process. I deactivated the ssd in the BIOS and proceeded to install linux mint without any problem (strangely that didn’t do it with ubuntu nor fedora). I activated it after the install, and done a
After that, I had the bad surprise to not have sound (well, I had sound, but only thanks to my lcd screen via the Display port).
Displayed my sound cards correctly:
Audio: Card-1 Intel Device a170 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 Card-2 NVIDIA Device 0fbb driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.19.0-32-generic
Tried numerous things, but the only one that worked was thanks to this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/672187/no-audio-output-devices-detected-in-new-computer-build-with-skylake-z170-mothe
in particular the part:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install oem-audio-hda-daily-lts-vivid-dkms
Now i have my real soundcard detected, and it works just fine.