Got it installed. It pops up an error that my video hardware is not supported but you can hit escape to get to the game. Game refused to load but I applied the workaround and it was able to open up and play the intro cinematic (and I was able to go in and turn down the graphics settings and resolution even more than what the game tried to recommend.
I don't think anyone else here has the problem but it looks like Blizzard is being Blizzard and deleting all posts describing the workaround from the forums...I found a google-cache of a thread that seems to have the necessary tweaks so I will post it here for posterity:
In your d3prefs file (usually in my documents), you need to change a few lines (there may also be more that could be tweaked)
- DisableTrilinearFiltering "1" (from 0 to 1)
- HardwareClass "1" (from 0 to 1 as well)
Tom's Hardware is reporting that the Starter edition (skeleton king/level 13 cap, basically, the beta) becomes available in 30 days - I might just wait that long and see if it works with my hardware as I missed the beta and have a couple of other games to play.
Central time here so I'd have to wait until 2AM (which means I will just wake up a bit earlier most likely). Was sort of hoping that not going to work the first half of this week would mean I could play for a few hours at release (maybe even start at 11 if it was EST) , sleep in a bit, and play more but I didn't realize they were operating on pacific time