how to install ubuntu 8.04 when it hangs off the CD using the noapic command

I have spent some time this afternoon working out why ubuntu 8.04 wont install on a brand new pc I bought today from Ginger6 , as it hung and reported

MP-BIOS bug 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
Kernel Panic – not syncing: IO-APIC + timer doesn’t work! Try using the ‘no-apic’ kernel parameter

I dont really understand why this happens, but the solution was to press f6 at the start of the live cd instalation and type in “noapic” at the end of the existing command.  It just runs and installs perfectly.

A useful tip for someone if they ever find this blog post!