External preloaders

Hi is it possible to do a preloader in jquery just like as3 flash preloaders
i have a lot of images loading into a slider from php the problem is it takes ages to load the page.
is there any way i could use a preloader so my external page loads when all images have loaded.
this is simple in as3 flash but can’t find anything in js jquery etc.

i would use a flash preloader but this wont work on i phones etc,
anyone got any idea’s how i could do this

How about populating the slide with only a handful of images using PHP. After the page has loaded you could bring in the rest using AJAX. jQuery’s ajax() method is pretty straightforward to use.

Any good?