I have Celeron 400Mhz, 256MB RAM, 8.3GB hard drive. Used VL 5.9 Light, installed from CD.
I have the same error - tried burning on a different CD, did the md5sum check ( succesful ), always check the packages before the installation start, basically runing out of ideas - as this stops in the same moment always, Im thinking if this really is possible to be the fault of the CD drive reading the installation CD.
I am now trying some different configurations, or just basically clicking fast thru the install process, taking all in defaults. And see where that will get me.
Any more help or perhaps some more practical knowledge would be great.
EDIT: Well, I made it. What did I do? Basically, accepted the keymap and everything else as default, choose to mount all directories on the same partition, and choose raiserfs as filesystem for that partition, choose a SWAP on a 512MB linux-swap partition. Installed only the basic packages, none from the additional ones, also unchecked anything else besides the basic type in machine for this one. And it installed itself, even booted.
As I need the computer now, I will stay with it for now, but perhaps when I have some more time, I will reinstall and check what was really the cause of the crash.