The machine is an Asus Pundit barebones, previously running standard 7.04. It has one IDE channel with the hard drive as master and the DVD as slave. I could boot off the DVD with no problem and proceed with the install right up to the point where it is about to start installing the base system, then I got a red screen with an error message "Cannot install the base system. The installer cannot figure out how to install the base system. No installable CD-ROM was found and no valid mirror was configured". If I hit Continue twice I get a list of options, one of which is "Check CD-ROM(s) integrity" - this works fine. It then does a few other things such as checking PCMCIA hardware, and at some point says it is going to install a Linux Floppy kernel driver. Since the machine has no floppy I deselect this and continue. It tries again to install the base system and this time succeeds. Strange.