ok, tried noapic and nolapic together and separate. After doing something that made no sense but saw it in the help file, of changing the vga value to 771, I was greeted with what I wanted: a text based loader!
So after watching it all go through, I now found the point at which it all stops. After the part in green which says "Enabling On-Demand CPU Power Scaling", when it gets to "Loading KVM for AMD...", it stops right there, and goes no further. So it seems KVM hates me, for some odd reason. I'm gonna explore that screen I saw booting off the DVD and run it instead in VMWare Player and see what all the text says, maybe get a clue on what's causing the pause.