And yes, Arch is not a good choice for a newbie. Knowledge comes with practice, and my plan is to sample small distros (Arch was 550+MB) and work through this. Lots of time and patience.
I need to read about this command line stuff and practice.
And for the hardware problem, I need to find what turns the fan on and off, and staring at the BIOS isn't helping.
Thanks for the help all.