Re: Nearly makes me want to look at Linux again.
I had similar troubles with my el cheapo ASUS X200. It turns out there were (at least) two revisions.
The first revision I bought in November 2014 worked with Mint KDE flawlessly. No driver troubles at all.
The second ASUS X200 (don't ask) had a touchpad that wasn't recognised. No other distro worked with it either! It turns out that ASUS changed the components used in their popular X200 series, replacing the soundchip and the touchpad. But the Linux drivers in the (then) current distros were not up to date.
I eventually solved the problem by upgrading the kernel to 4.2. Everything has worked a dream since then. It's a simple process in Mint as well.
Soooo.... when you hit driver troubles in Linux - look to the kernel!