I'm far from an expert, but here are some suggestions/hints based upon my experience:
--I didn't install Linux on my master hard drive, and still managed to complete the process. However
, I did have freezes in my installation at various times and places. I fixed my problem by installing from my master
So, my question is, do you have two CD drives like me? If you do, try installing from the master CD drive. I know it seems rather bizzarre that it would matter whether the CD drive you're using is slave or master, but it worked for me.
--Also, it is important what hardware you are using. During my initial attempt at installing Linux I used a computer with too slow of processor and too little ram for handling Mandrake Linux. This problem also caused my install to crash/freeze.
--Last, any of the gurus around here will want you to check summ your iso files. You should be able to find instructions for doing this via a search of the forum.
You might find these previous threads helpful:
(posts of possible help are only toward the end of the following thread)
Hope this is of some help . . .