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This is about 140MB CD image. It will install the base system and get everything else over the web.
If you think your internet will let you, you can try the i386 business card image instead. It is like 40MB and only has the installer and base kernel. It gets everything, including the base system over the web.
As to your internet, what type of hardware are you using? Is your connection hardwired or wireless (and is anyone leaching your wireless connection)? With cable, it can also be a function of how many people in your neighborhood have cable internet. One person on your pipe with a high use server could bring the rest of the pipe to a screeching halt. If you notice it faster say at 10pm than at 6pm, you might contact your cable provider and see if that's what is going one.
CDRW's work fine. Just be sure to "Burn Disc from Iso Image" so you have a bootable CD.
Not sure the install will go smoothly with an NVidia controller (I don't have any experience with that ethernet controller, i.e. whether the installer kernel will recognize it and configure ethernet). If you have an old ethernet card lying around, you might put that in your box just in case. I recently had to do this for a friend. Once it was all installed, I could download the drivers for the onboard ethernet and get it working. Then we just removed the additional card.
oah, the gateway has something that i dont remember(i dont know how to check it, it will run internet) that was my main comp that i use, emachines, its ok(btw, my gateway i cant get into gui, and elive was getting on my nerves)"that distro sucks"every time i ask for helpXDDDD