Ok, tried initial install. When the osx was done installing, the computer restarted, and then the screen went blank. Nothing. When I was installing, I had the same problem I was having before with the disk utility and the HDD, which is that I can't seem to re-partition it, like you can with the other drives (the usb for instance), can't delete the partition, and the drop-down bar, the minus sign and the 'options' button are all greyed out. I'm not sure if this is the or even a problem, but it seemed strange. What should I be doing after the initial installation? And is this peculiarity of the HDD something I should be worried about?
Also, I don't know if I mentioned, but I am installing this on a newly built PC with no other OS installed, and some of these guides seem to imply that they are being dual booted from a computer that has windows installed on it. Should I be doing that? Should I Install windows, and proceed from there, or is that not necessary?
I have installed OSX, and "Mac OSX" has appeared in the boot screen when I press F11 at startup. It did nothing. So I went ahead and booted from the usb stick with the Mac disk on it again, and I am now at a different install screen. Will post details.
Mountain Lion now appears to be on the computer, but I am now afraid to turn it off. Is the where the postinstall comes in? This is the farthest I've gotten in months, So thank you Pimentel. Is there a guide somewhere for postinstallation that I can just read through? I don't want to take up too much of anyone else's time.
Wait, good lord, is clover the postinstall program? No wonder I've had so much trouble. I wish somebody had told me sooner. Will be back.