Are you able to post any info on where the "technical stuff" stalls?
From memory when you boot in safe mode it also enters verbose mode which is what is showing you all the boot information. From this it may give us more info on what the issue is/maybe.
Posting this from an iPad this forum is subclass. It is no longer about the members. Look at the amount of posts from members. signal is right, you look for new posts and you get the overlord propaganda. Where are the people?
Something about this update just grinds my gears. I have bit my tongue and tried to like it, but alas it makes me want to stab someone. This upgrade sucks dick. Big floppy donkey dick.
NO SIR I DONT LIKE IT.
(even putting in a disparaging smilie is substandard - this iteration sucks arse)