Turns out the problem was bad ram. Thanks orthorim.
I am now running on 10.6.6
Lesson learned: Don’t trust 3rd party RAM. Or at the very least, do some research before buying. See this thread on other issues with this RAM: http://discussions.apple.com/messageview.jspa?messageID=12948299&stqc=true
For my next machine, I’ll just buy the RAM from Apple. It’s overpriced, but in the end anything would be cheaper than spending 2 days installing, and re-installing, and testing my system.
Apple’s Mac App Store troubleshooting advice Software Mac 911 Macworld. Ted always done a great job. Some great links in this article.
You Can Uninstall the Mac App Store, But its Not Supported. There were many people on the Apple forums who hated it. They said they fear the Mac is turning into the iPhone iOS. Perhaps it will. Lets see what Apple has up its sleeve. I’m open to change. Apple has done a great job helping people stay current with technology in some ways.
Brenda Kauffman has the solution.
Ten Must Have Mac Books To Read Mac Tricks And Tips. Some good suggestions here. Its a starting place if you want to break into the wonderful world of helping people with Macintosh problems.
Apple – Support – Discussions – 10.6.6 killed all Apple Apps …. Fixed by the combo update. After an upgrade from one system version to another, if anything happens unusual, reapplying the combo download update can often solve the issue.