you could download a minimal gentoo, and just have
it download the stuff you need, after it gets started.
the bsd's will also let you do a minimal install, ftp style, and
you could download just what you needed.
I'm talking about well less than 100 megs of download.
i would guess that there is something wrong with
the iso you downloaded, or something about your
hardware that is making the 6.2 crash.
try the cd on an older computer. knoppix is a great
single cdrom download.
there are also many minimalist distributions
like peanut, which are just a 50-200 meg download.