Can't do anormal install of 12.04 on this machine as both the ethernet and wireless controllers are not supported yet.
Ethernet is Atheros AR8161/8165
Wireless is Realtek 8723
Have succeeded in running 12.04 in Virtualbox on Windows 7 which comes installed on the laptop. [am typing this from there!!!!]
Haven't made an uptodate bootable iso yet, but that is the next step. May not be efficient, but this is fun so far.
Hope this helps somebody.