Bug#287610: Installation failed at hardware detection (module ide-disk hangs system)
Quoting Janeene Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Installation progresses to the point of loading the module ide-disk, and then
> consistently hangs/hard locks. No keyboard, no error message if load by
> 'modprobe -v ide-disk'
> on a console in medium/expert install, no difference when passing ide=nodma (which
> the previous install did need), noapic nolapic also do not fix it.
> This occurs 100% of the time, in every version of the installer that I tried.
> If this module is not loaded, the installer doesn't see the hard drives.
Have you tried booting with "linux26"?