Using the official CD mailed to me, the installer dies with:
The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
> Error: No symbols named "nodeadkeys" in the include file "us"
> Abandoning symbols file "default"
Errors from xkbcomp are not fatal to the X server
Error loading keyboard description
Xlib: extension "XFree86-Misc" missing on display ":1.0".
sending termination signals...
...with these options chosen:
Screan 1: English
Screen 2: Generic 104-key PC [Logitech Cordless iTouch]
Disable dead keys
Screen 3: Microsoft Intellimouse (PS/2) [Logitech Cordless Wheel]
Screen 5: Server System
It continues when I use the exact same options but choose Custom.
Disk was originally partitioned this way when it was crashing:
hda1: Boot Manager
(3 and 5 may have been switched as there was a second bootable
copy of NT4 installed for recovery of the first)
No longer dies after disk has been repartitioned through custom system mode
and also not after I rebooted to restart installer
hda1: Linux native
hda2: Linux swap
hda3: Linux native
hda5: Linux native
hda6: Linux native
The "HPFS" partitions were really NTFS4. HDA1 had the OS/2 Boot Manager.
Known problem which was fixed for beta3.