First post, by Kahenraz
I'm trying to figure out why the installer is hanging here. Unfortunately, this is a Dell BIOS with very little configurable options.
I have disabled the onboard SATA controller to use a PCI IDE controller and a PCI S3 video card instead of the onboard GeForce 6150SE.
I know that I can disable ACPI by installing with the options "/p i", and this gets the installation to finish, but I would like to better understand what the actual problem is and whether it can be resolved some other way.
After further research, I've found the problem to be the onboard USB controller. This is a problem, because this is the only way to connect a mouse and keyboard. There are no PS/2 ports on this motherboard. There isn't even a serial port or motherboard header for a mouse.
If I boot I to Safe Mode and remove this device, the system books and the mouse and keyboard is always responsive until it finishes installing. Subsequent reboots that are not into Safe Mode cause the system to hang.
I'm not sure how to work around this, given that I need these ports for mouse and keyboard during the boot process as well, since add-on cards don't work at this early stage of the boot process.