My first attempt yesterday was in a VirtualBox VM. I got it up and running, but the networking didn't work and it was just too slow to be used as my Core (which I completely expected). The second install was on a new partition on my new hard drive. I got this up and running as well, but the first time I rebooted it after I got LinuxMCE set up it hung at "Installnewdevice is running".
My third attempt was the one I have now. I installed the Nvidia restricted driver (177) because it was a pain going through the AVwizard without it (none of the resolutions that were available actually worked well), but the installation appeared to fail (core system could not be installed or something). I didn't really expect it to boot, and, well... it didn't. It stopped the NTP server, started it, and hung there.
So what am I doing wrong here? If anyone could help out, that would be greatly appreciated. If I install the Nvidia driver before the installation, will it work? I really don't want to go through that AVwizard again without it, but if I must...
Also, how much is being downloaded for each of these attempts? I think I've been getting close to Comcast's 250 GB download cap with all the downloading I've done this month... and I really don't want to go over.