I just got an HP 15-d030nr and installed Mint 16 alongside Win 8.1. My problem is that, without using
nomodeset, immediately after choosing an option in GRUB, random pixels flash along the top quarter or third of the screen, which then goes blank, and the backlight shuts off. I can enter my password and hear the login sound, so it's still booting, just with no display. I've tried a lot of the solutions to this problem listed for older Intel hardware to no avail.
lspci | grep -i vga gives me
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView Gen7 (rev 0a)
From what I can tell, Valley View ought to be supported by the kernel (3.11), so I'm pretty lost here.
One of my dmesg logs is here.
Also, I ran into the same issue trying out Fedora, so it's not Just Ubuntu/Mint.