machine powers off during FC3 install

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All of my FC3 CDs have passed the media check but during installation, after choosing packages and calculating dependencies, my system will power off at about 75% of the way through the "Preparing to install..." completion status window (same spot every time). I have never had any problems installing or using FC2. Im using a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop with one disk partitioned into an NTFS for winXP, an ext3 for Fedora, and a swap for the ext3. Note that Im doing a fresh install...choosing to format the ext3 and swap.
Now if I choose a 'minimal install'...the installation succeeds and everything works fine...minus not having any of the packages I want. 'Install everything' fails with a power off during 'Preparing to install..." just like choosing my own packages fails. I have what I consider a basic understanding of linux, I can recompile the kernel and install modules etc, yet I have no point of reference on this problem. Usually hours of Google searches answers just about anything. Thanks in advance for any insight one can offer. -Benton

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