I was having the very same problem described on an old Sony VAIO TR1A Notebook.
"Perhaps for this graphical booting of LXDE version [on some hardware] some extra cheatcodes put in on the kernel line as suggested above for <nomodeset> - you might try also <nodrm> and <no3d> and perhaps a combination of all 3."
recommmended below did the trick. (I did all 3, nomodeset, nodrm and no3d.) I also use GPart to wipe out my drive partitions and did a fresh install using the 3 cheatcodes.
So far so good! Thanks for the help folks!