The one deviation from the stock m7000 system is that this machine has a dual-core processor. I have found old references in the forum to this laptop that seemed to indicate that people had no trouble getting past the boot.
When attempting to install any version of Ubuntu (or even from from the CD), during boot up, the machine just powers off. The last item shown on screen is:
kernel thread helper
This laptop will install/run any version of Windows without issue (other than usual Windows trouble).
Anyone have any recent experience with this particular hardware or this situation?