Quote TaTaToothy> First, it would not autofocus at all in Live View mode - it just hunted back and forth but could never come close to focusing. If I pushed the shutter button hard enough to take a shot it would do so, but would choose a focus seemingly at random, and none of the shots was even close to being in focus.<Quote<<<
I think you have your camera set up wrong. Did you read the manual all the way through with camera in front of you before shooting?
> Quote TaTAToothy>Second, it would not shoot continuously in either continuous >shutter mode - I would get only one shot per push of the >shutter button. >Quote<<<
Continuous mode is for focus not shooting. I believe the default in menu setting is single shot when in focus. That is not a defect just a choice you have to change.