All right, all my drivers are up-to-date, and my computer can handle this game.
When I try to warp to the Sol system after the intro missions, the game simply locks up when it gets to a certain load point, each and every time. Ergo, my characters are now, for all intents and purposes, locked to me until I can get this issue resolved.
Suggestions? Thoughts? And, yes, I have filed a report for help.