I am in!
Thanks for your patience.
General comments: umm, the resolution remains mediocre (perhaps 800 x 600, not sure, don't know how to find out...) I did run VASM and there set the resolution for 1280 x 1024 x 16 (crashes if one accepts 24 bit color, even though, both XP and Win98 run fine on this same computer at 1280 x 1024 x 32.)
Problems with the installer:
1. This bug will not bother ANY sophisticated user, but, it trapped me...Haha, ok, so we know that I am unsophisticated.....
I prefer LILO, and when I reached the routine that asks the user to set up LILO, I clicked on the icon at the far right, to assign VL as the default, NOT XP.
That's when I made my mistake.
The NEXT icon, on the lower half of the screen, asks the user whether or not to include XP in the boot menu.
FOOLISHLY, I disabled that option, i.e. I DISABLED it, so that ONLY VL would appear on the boot menu. When I disabled XP, from the choices, the Installer automatically, i.e. without my doing anything, CHANGED the default setting, which I had JUST enabled, i.e. I had just assigned VL to be the default, but when I DISABLED XP from the menu, counterintuitively, the switch above it, RE-ENABLED XP as the default boot image, and, since I had not NOTICED that change, my attention being drawn, instead, toward the bottom of the screen, to click on "next", I created, unintentionally, an endless loop, a fatal error. The system crashed of course.
On my second attempt, I moved VERY slowly through that step of the installation, and as a result, noticed the bizarre behaviour of the software, changing my directive to regard VL as the default boot object.
Thus, I was able to CHANGE AGAIN, that switch on the right hand side of the screen, i.e. to RE-RE-enable VL as default, after having eliminated XP from the menu.
So, now I have to figure out a lot of things here, I still don't have a user set up. I haven't go a useable screen resolution, but, I noticed something else, just now, something which for me, represents a fatal error, one which will prevent my further testing.
There is no VLC media player. I see a dozen other media players, but not the one I use.