I got it to work... I must have done something incorrect when I installed grub the first time. After much internet searching, I found someone who had done something similar and I partially followed their instructions https://gist.github.com/umpirsky/6ee1f870e759815333c8
There's a lot of content in this "question" so it's hard to fully understand what you're asking. It's often better to ask a succinct question if you want a succint answer, but I'll try and answer some of your points.
In summary, if you have forgotten your password, it's not just installing software you're going to struggle with. Changing certain ...
If you're comfortable with the command line, you can use the dpkg command to install a .deb package.
The format would be sudo dpkg -i name_of_package.deb
then, sudo apt-get install -f. the dpkg -i command may leaves the package status in an "unconfigured" state due to missing dependencies.
sudo apt-get install -f will try to fix it downloading and ...
I finally got it fixed.
I had to remove the apt.llvm.org repository from the sources.list. Then I could use the Force Version command in Synaptic to switch over to using LLVM builds from the kisak PPA (which still provides i386 builds of LLVM). That enabled me to reinstall steam, because it could finally get those 32-bit i386 library builds again.
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Then I tried to do it. Error after error.
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old MacBook from 2009
There is a huge number of tutorials available online for ...