Problem 1: OpenAL32.dll not found. I've looked in the FO folder, and the two openAL folders are there.
You mean openAL DLL files are there, but there is a popup error about them being not found, after installing the v0.3.17 link from this thread?
Problem 2: As before, quick start does not work.
Solution: Just as Eleazar suggested, disabling AI allowed Uni generation to complete. I imagine this will also play out the same for the XP box at work.
Could you post your freeoriond.log and AI_1.log as requested above? And then, try installing Python2.7 ? Is Python27.dll in the FreeOrion directory after installation? (It's supposed to be, but I might have missed it...)
Problem 3: Using windowed mode, the Production, Research, and Design panes do not properly fill the screen, instead setting their dimensions to the default window size and laying over the galaxy view.
You need to restart the game after changing the resolution for the sub-screens to resize. Missing feature.
As an aside, should all of this information be moved to another forum
No..? This thread is about the Alpha installer, and you're discussing issues with it...
and could you link the spacebar to the turn button, as it is in Civ IV?
Maybe. There might be issues with chat messages that would make me not want to do that.