I tried installation with a new download of the netinst image. GRUB
installation was successful as in my most recent tries. Problem
remained; boot from HD hung on "Saving VESA state..."

Reinstalled with NO tasks selected (neither laptop nor standard system).
Boot from HD was successful!

I conclude that the bug is not with the installer, but rather with one
of the packages in the tasks, probably in the laptop task, that is
loaded with the HD boot. Thank you for letting me describe my problem. I
have learned something, and will learn more by the time I have Icedove

Ron Schwiesow, nanron62@msn.com

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