After renting out laptops from the library every 24 hours, returning one an hour late and incurring a $20 fine - I finally snagged my sis' old IBM laptop.
To top it off, it had Java, Oracle, VB etc. on it which took up about 15 gigs of space. I think I got it all cleared out now. Perhaps I should just count my blessings that it's working.
Yes, I think I'm done venting.