Ok I reinstalled using SAFE MODE VESA that solved my screen blanking out during installation and I got to interact with GRUB. Now she Boots! Hooray!
Hey you guys should have been all over Safe Vesa Boot when I mentioned my display blacked out. I can see right now I'll be taking over this Dog
and Pony show in a couple of years.
So now finally I have PCLinuxOS MiniMe on an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot partition.
Spoke to soon. I tried to get out of that low rez screen via PC Control Center and kablooey back to a blank screen.
Had to reset MANUALLY. Then Linux would come up and drop me on a command line wondering how to get my desktop back from a command line?
Anyhow I guess this is an opportunity to try and install PCLinux2010 KDE on the same partitions and I see I have to use VESA Safe Mode with it as well.
And It Works Yippy Skippy!