Thanks for the post, Hiefman.
I would have uploaded my log file and linked to it had I known where it was. At the moment, I've gone with the re-install route (again), but I encountered a snag last night (installation decided to hang). Last thing I did last night was delete all the partitions and wipe the drive for another go at it again tonight or tomorrow.
I'm to make installing the vid driver the first task after all the auto kernel/system updates. Hopefully the planets will be properly aligned for this go.
Thanks to everyone here who has offered insight and advice. More news to come!