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Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
1: Your CD image is bad. Either there is a unnoticed error in the ISO image, or an error burned on the CD. The first is unlikely because I think there is some serious error protection built in the ISO and checked before it is unpacked. (Not sure though). The second is more likely. CD's are terribly error prone (despite of what many people say) and errors go undetected by CD readers. Been there, done that. Try to download again and burn the CD again.
2: Your computer has a hardware error, most likely in the memory. I had this once before, installation crashed every time, but not always at the same point. The box was running fine in Windoze, so that is no acid test!
Since your installation always crashes at the same point, I would think option #1 is most likely.
Did you check sum .iso files for integrity??? Installation can fail if MD5 checksum value does not match the values posted on the linuxiso.org. I downloaded RH9 from linuxiso.org and everything is up and running. No troubles at all.
I downloaded RH9 in windows (from linuxiso.org) and then used a windows version of MD5 checking utility (available on linuxiso.org) to check the MD5 in the windows and then burnt the cd's. I am not sure how you do it in linux. Yet I think there is info on how to do it linux on linuxiso.org.
what is printed to the screen just before you get the bad eip value error message? is there mention to a particular .c file from the kernel? this error message is generated from the "traps.c" file from the kernel source. basically, from how i read the code, the abort happens when the control unit is unable to store a meaningful value in the eip register. which stores memory locations where exceptions are encountered. this would point to a hardware compatibility issue and according to this thread (mandrade example with similar error) and others the offending device can be a motherboard or usb device that is not fully supported.
i would try to take note of what file is mentioned just before the error and if it is something like usb.c, then you have an unsupported usb device that is fouling the boot.