I have googled the net to see if there is anything special about your laptop, but I can't find much about it.
There seems to be some fundamental incompatability, which vmware is hiding - it's probably something small - but we do not know what it is!
I, too, am thinking about using LFS so I would recommend what I would do - and also what some others have recommended: make a knoppix live cd and install LFS from that.
If you install LFS from vmware it brings another layer of complication into any problem solving you have to do when generating LFS.
It is however very strange that 14.1 won't install on your laptop. I was hoping that someone else would have read this thread and suggested a solution, because with regards to Slackware, I can only suggest playing with all the boot parameters that are mentioned in that link above.
With regard to LFS, I'd suggest using knoppix or some other distro - you could also try another Slackware based distro such as Vectorlinux, Salix and others which you can find on distrowatch
It would be interesting to see whether they can install.
Also - you could try installing an earlier version of Slackware such as 14.0.