Here is a screenshot of my progress. I get here and it just hangs. I've let it hang for over and hour, but I have tried it about a half dozen times.
I have redownloaded, and reburned the dvd at a slower speed hoping that this would help. I'm really unsure, everything google has turned up shows the installation hanging at a much later point.
Does anyone have any ideas? I suppose I could try Cinnamon, but considering the age of my laptop I think gnome 2 might be more stable.