I have tried to install 3.1 using 2 diff. cd's. A net install 100MB cd and the full #1 install cd. The installer hangs on both. It is Detecting hardware to find CD-ROM drives. When loading ide-detect it stalls for 3-4 min. Then it loads sd-mod for scsi disk support and there it sits...forever. The only thing that I have tried is
boot: linux noapic nolapic
(this had no effect). I have an Abit MB with nForce2 ultra400, FX5500 video, 2 ide HD, 1 sata HD, 1 ide dvd-cd burner. I have installed Mandrake 10.1 and Mandriva 2006 on this system in the past so I don't think that it's an incompatable hardware issue. I haven't found this problem using search so any help would be welcome.