I also get an error flash just before the "Select a language" page comes up which reads "ACPI: Unable to load System Description Table". If I add a "acpi=off" as a boot parameter to the Installer, I can avoid this error message but the installer still freezes. I suspect this error is unrelated to the freeze.
I tried using the Debian live installer instead. The installation appeared to work, but then upon rebooting from the internal 2.5" HDD I got a series of errors that looked like this:
usb 2-4: device not accepting address 3, error -12
xhci_hcd ERROR No room of ep ring
xhci_hcd ERR: No room for command on command ring
hub 1-0:1.0 unable to enumerat USB device on port 1
hub 2-3:1.0 couldn't allocate port 3 usb_device
xhci_hcd HC died; cleaning up
The debian boot process then dies and attempts to load Busybox.
Do these errors make sense to anyone?
I just tried Ubuntu Server 13.10, and I'm getting the exact same behaviour. If I attempt to use Rescue Mode, I can see errors of the sort mentioned above.
FWIW, I'm using the latest Bios version (0025), and I've tried toggling 'USB legacy support' on and off.
I found a quick suggestion after searching for this issue online and it appears that using the USB 2.0 port instead of 3.0 may help. You may also want to post your question in the respective Linux* Community.