Thanks for the helpful tips. It helped me finish the task.
However I ran into some rough weather with the initial process. Using a Snow Leopard install disc I did not get prompted to “Select a destination” (Step #4 in the reinstallation section). So, I would end up with a fresh Snow Leopard installation with all my files still intact.
After 2 or 3 attempts with no success, I then pulled up the Snow Leopard DVD and then selected Disc Utilities. From there I chose to Erase. After that and a restart I was brought to the setup assistant and I followed your instructions. Worked like a charm.
A minor note on the instructions to execute in single user mode. The blog output is clipped so I could not see the end of the launchctl command. I had to pull up the page source 😛
Thanks for the tips.