Not sure why I'm still posting here, but just hoping that someone will come along and have pity on me. Though I have been able to scrape along so far, it would just be nice if someone with actual experience could drop a line and point me in the right direction.
So last night, I was able to get wifi working on my pi. For anyone having similar problems: I had to first, connect it via ethernet cable so that I could update raspbian and install something called wicd-curses. This gave me a nice gui for turning on wireless and setting up my connection.
I'm wondering why, when I play some movies in XBMC, I see the terminal screen flash up for a second... But that's not such a big deal. The real issue is that when I am playing the video, sometimes the little cursor "_" is sitting there at the bottom of the screen! I'm doing this on an old CRT, so that little white cursor will burn in eventually, and it's just distracting. Anyone got any ideas? Been looking online and found this: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 35&t=24398
But the suggestions don't seem to fix the cursor problem, but I will have to try tonight to be sure.
Again, if anyone reads this and deigns to respond, I'll be very grateful.