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?