I may have a solution for you, follow this
link. It will take you to a page for Pennsylvania Linux User Groups.
Linux User Groups are like "Linux Clubs" where people ranging from total newbies through to absolute gurus can meet up to discuss Linux related issues, talk about how to do things and many of them have meetings where you can bring along your pc and get help configuring it. Basically, I think you should make contact with your nearest ones and see if they have those meetings.
This means that you can get help doing the install and they can see what's happening and where you may be going wrong.
Does this sound like what you need?