Generally, if an operating system is that slow loading, then it is having trouble with some hardware device. Case in point. A machine that I tried loading the operating system on would get to the same point and hang just as you described. I found that the CD was acting up and when I substituted another CD, the operating system would load. Another time, I had the same problem and it turned out to be the memory. I would suggest that you disable any device not necessary for booting up and try it again. This could have been the problem of it running slow before you decided to re-install.