I'm sorry if this has been asked before but the search function did not return anything.

I'm currently trying to install DSL on my laptop, however it hangs at "thermal" under ACPI, but the next thing on the list is pcmcia, which i believe is the problem. If i boot in "failsafe" I can access the live version of DSL, but I wish to install it onto the harddrive. So my question is; is there a way to install DSL while in thie failsafe mode, I've tryed various things such as "install failsafe", "failsafe install", "install{failsafe}", and and many others but no luck . Thanks for all the help