Thanks for the replies everyone. I wanted to provide an update on the original problem in which the GUI would freeze and thus force me to attempt to use Anaconda's text interface.
I actually (accidentally) stumbled upon the solution. Apparently, changing the Total Graphics Memory setting (shared video memory amount for the built-in Intel GPU) from 512MB to 256MB totally solves the GUI problems!!! I was easily able to use the standard graphical installer to get Qubes OS up and running just fine. Hopefully some other confused person will find this useful to know. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "qubes-users" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to qubes-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/qubes-users/31183799-c225-44bc-a279-1e4137ef1922%40googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.