before you load the OS? hmm
maybe helpful hints...
If you have usb drives/card readers...disable usb in bios. If not, sometimes your harddrive will be g: or something instead of C:
to make a smooth install, make sure to have your system set to default...ie., no overclock settings.
If you're not using any legacy devices, disable them, serial/parallel/floppy
Once you succesfully and completely install the OS, go ahead and load the kernel to ram. If you don't know how to do that do a search...and to not follow what everyone says "msn search" it