I'm running four partitions: /, /usr, /home and swap. All data partitions are ext4. I have installed VectorLinux (32bit) at least a dozen times on all sorts of hardware, but this is the first time I have see anything other than perfect performance from the installer. I previously installed 6.0, 7.0 and 7.0 Live on this laptop, so suspect that there is a glitch of some sort in the installer.
The laptop is four years old and, one bad cd drive and the crummiest Broadcom BCM4311 Wifi chip in al creation aside, aside, it's been rock solid. I even replaced the keyboard because heavy use had worn the letters off some of the keys!
I'll try the new installer and Iwill advise my results.
Thanks for the quick response!