Downloaded another copy of MacOS last night. Spent all day trying to get it burned… PC’s apparently hate .dmg files. Finally found a program, got it burned, only to discover that my laptop refused to boot from the flippin thing.
After screaming at the laptop for awhile, I decided to try my original disc again, but this time with JUST the bare minimum install. It seems to have worked… I even went so far as sitting in a different room while it installed just so I couldn’t mess it up. Now I’m running a software update, so hopefully things will turn out good.