First off, thank you, Blackbird, for sticking with me through this. Really do appreciate it.
Second, I have mentioned this before, but would my error message indicating that hwclock having difficulties setting your hardware clock to system time have anything to do with ACPI? ACPI is a little funny on this machine I'm having trouble with. I got the laptop 6 months ago brand new. The best I can do with it is using acpi=ht or acpi=off. I currently use acpi=ht. if I try acpi=on or acpi=force, it looks up at bootup of pclos. Again, thanks for all the help so far.