The installation reaches 90% before the error below. If I click retry, it comes back with the same error after 2mins 41secs.
I am using the Magento-CE-2.0.2+sample_data-2016-01-28-02-39-03.zip file uploaded to my server and then extracted and run via mydomain.com/setup.
My host said sql max_allowed_packet is set to 256M (edit: I have confirmed this via SHOW VARIABLES LIKE 'max_allowed_packet';)
There is nothing in the php error log
PHP version 5.5.32
user.ini file has the following settings:
memory_limit=256M & max_execution_time=18000
I've also tried deleting the whole installation and database and starting from scratch