I'll try directly using a LIVECD as well.
Also I have tried mounting directly but I'm not sure if I have the command correct. Can someone tell me what the command is just for my system? Like give me an example like mount 192.168.1.2(my internal IP.) /mnt/experimental. Basically give me the command but with all my info. That way I can't screw it up. Like I said I'm a newbie, but I pick things up quickly.
Also I have DHCP disabled on my router, but I'm using my router's info for DHCP. Should I use my own subnet that I make up? Or through DNSMasq or something?