I removed the airport card to eliminate that bug str8bs was talking about but I was still running into the same problem, so I loaded the alternate CD and tried cli-expert video=ofonly. I could only read these things for a brief amount of time because the text was scrolling, but one of the errors that appeared was "sata link down!". The computer first hangs at the message: Attached SCSI generic sg1 type 5- this is when my fans go full speed. Moments later this message appears: CPU #1 stuck for 23s!-this is followed by exception errors and eventually the 1.s I was talking about in the first post. Its like the installer isn't detecting my hardware correctly and loading the wrong drivers and causing problems.