Just an update -
I loaded the bios update listed earlier in this thread, and I can now install Suse without any issues (before it hung hard on the first install screen). Thanks for posting all of the help here.
Even when using the media pointed out earlier in the thread from Lissimore (network install and downloaded isos), I can't select anything on the first menu (boot from hard disk, install, ...). The countdown timer starts, but as soon as...