Freezes on installation

I am trying to load 6.06 on a new computer. Goes through initial procedure, all "OK" then freezes with random graphics on screen. Also tried 6.10, as well as SUSE, Gentoo and Knoppix, all with similar result. Problem seems to be Display Controller. VIA Technologies P4M890 (Device number 3343) System P4, 512 RAM. Any help appreciated.

try starting it on install

try starting it on install with safe mode option...worked on me... more thing, you more thing, you should have one partition free...about 10gb...dunno if that means a great big ultra noob on linux