Screen Flicker when using Lightroom

I'm helping a friend try to resolve a problem he has when using Lightroom.  He's using a Dell Inspiron 546 desktop with an AMD Athlon II X2 250 (3.0GHz, 2MB cache), 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM (800MHz), ATI Radeon HD 4350 (512mb), 7200RPM drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit).
When Lightroom runs, the screen flickers and the CPU pegs out at 100%.
Are there any known ways to overcome this issue?

At this point, I think I will have to go back to LR 3.x.  Lightroom 4 is so unstable that I cannot get it to work.  I constantly get not responding messages and screen flickering in the develop module.
I have done everything I can find and nothing seems to work.  It is either an incompatibility with the AMD video drivers (best guess) or there is something seriously wrong with the code (second guess), however LR 3.2 does not have this issue.
Lightroom version: 4.2 RC [844780]
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
Version: 6.1 [7601]
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Physical processor count: 6
Processor speed: 2.8 GHz
Built-in memory: 16381.5 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 16381.5 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 603.5 MB (3.6%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 621.6 MB
Memory cache size: 191.8 MB
System DPI setting: 96 DPI
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 1920x1080, 2) 1280x1024

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