Anyway, it seems that the udev service tries to find the "correct" Nvidia card for the newest driver (instead of finding a driver for the installed card). As a result, the modprobing ate up to 90% cpu power (on the slowest of the four systems) slowing down installation to snail speed.
IMHO, probing for video cards shouldn't be activated in safe mode at all. If video fails during normal boot of the live system, I doubt the installation would benefit from further hardware probes anyway. On the other hand, I do not really understand what udev does during installation.
Killing the udev service seemed to provide a workaround:
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I'm not really sure if there are any adverse effects. Apparently, grub wasn't properly installed, as the UUID in the boot parameters was incorrect (though it might be that I'm using an 8GB DOM instead of a traditional HDD?). I simply changed it to /dev/sda1, and it worked.