Suspected forums install problem and/or how to find it in admin

I think i might be a having a problem with the install. When i try to get it through your dashboard i get "error" after about 15 seconds. When i do the upload manually it gets stuck on "upacking the package". The plugin then shows up in the list of plugins, but I don't see it showing up under the settings or any other trace of it. Any advice or direction is appreciated.