i got to Step 9 and past it no problem.
9) No matter what version you originally installed, you'll want to install the 10.5.7 update. Either use the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Combo Update for discs 10.5.5 and older, or the Mac OS X 10.5.7 incremental update for 10.5.6 discs. (You can either obtain from the website via your Dell, or it could be stored on another drive, but please note that older disc installations (10.5.5 and below) will probably have a problem opening the DMG. To circumvent this, extract the update package from the DMG to an external drive and plug it in before booting). When the install completes, press Restart.
but when i restarted i never saw "you will see a little progress bar underneath your SSD
icon" i have not seen a SSD
icon, or anything that resembles one.
I saw a Dell logo and the blue progress bar. i held "-" down, it went to screen that said "Loading Darwin" and than got a grey Apple screen w/ a spinning grey wheel. than a blue screen, and than a grey screen w/ a few odd lines of what looked like static. But the mouse pointer works over it. when i press FN+8 it clears the screen and i get a frozen grey apple and non-rotating progress wheel.
and its stuck there. every so often my external USB drive blinks.
i am not familiar w/ Terminal, i think i found a post that might help, but don't really understand it how to execute it. it sound like i could boot from the USB drive and fix it, but am hesitant to try it on my own, without guidance.