EDIT: For the cpu, once you get to a screen past the kernel boot, hit Ctrl_Alt_Fsomething until you get a screen with a terminal. Try cat /proc/cpuinfo.
Yes, that should work if everything along the line is i386. If you're booting from an install cd, that's fairly safe. Might I suggest this approach next. With mkswap you can prepare swap space, and with swapon, you can mount it. That increases memory. Then Select install, and leave it 30 minutes. It might actually be working, just terribly slow.
Last edited by business_kid; 03-15-2010 at 05:10 AM.