Okay. The GUI problem has been fixed as of a reinstall, and the system has been run through the update process.
However, the boot is messed up. If I leave my computer alone during boot, I'm looking at upwards of 40 minutes worth of boot time
. I timed it last night.
I don't know why, but if I do something, anything really, to the computer, it advances the boot process. If my keyboard isn't active yet (while the kernel is still loading modules), I'll unplug and replug something into a usb port. Once the keyboard is active I tap a direction button on the keyboard anytime it stalls, and my boot time is shortened significantly. It seems to stall out at certain places, and the next time I run through, I'll see if I can't write down where it's stalling at.