My thinking was that if you manage to run/install using acpi=off, then you could try other kernels by downloading them using wired network or transferring with a USB drive or similar.
To change the kernel in the installer you need to extract the files from the iso, replace the kernel files and edit the install script to reflect the changes, then re-build the iso. This takes a lot of time, and testing isn't quick and easy.
I use the pre-built kernels from our repo: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-6.0/kernels/
. Note that there are three packages involved; kernel, modules and source. Install instructions here: http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10385
. As the latest version is 126.96.36.199, you may want to post a package request for a new one.