I popped in the System Recover disks about midnight last night, and this morning everything looks just plumb hunkey-dorey! It has been disheartening to start at the beginning, spending more than an hour re-installing my internet stuff and trying to decide just what I need on here to be really happy... but it works! I can SEE! Even my laptop screen looks pretty decent!
Ahhh... I was afraid of missing this for days and days, and it seems I won't have to.
YEA!!! (doin' the "Happy Dance!")