Finally! After three months, things are running smoothly!
It's a little embarrassing to admit, but I spent three months trying to fix my computer after a power surge, only to fix it and then mess it up immediately after. So after coming to terms with the fact that I'm a complete dumbass, I swallowed my pride and went down to the computer repair shop. It took them about 20 minutes to fix everything and only charged me about 20 bucks.
So, Lessons Learned™! Sometimes you just have to admit defeat...and pay someone smarter than you to fix the problem.
A whole lot of stuff coming real soon! Best brace yourself.
Yes you (You), the reader.