I initially had a problem with connecting to xbox live. It was never my connection. I was led to follow the directions on this post - http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_support/f/9/p/1520644/3795044.aspx , which were to delete my gamer profile, clear cache 3 times, and re-download profile.
The problems kept on rolling, as it would go smoothly up until a few seconds into downloading my profile.
To no avail, I then began the directions given on this post - http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_support/f/12/t/156953.aspx?PageIndex=5 , but still ended with the same error message.
gamertag is Avillainchillin, and as for steps 4-6 on the second link, I figured leaving a post on these forums was an equatable option.