Tried your suggestions but no go. Also, I tried installing LBC after restarting in diagnostic startup from MSConfig but no go. Process of exe file shown in task manager but using no CPU after I execute the program. Cannot see any docks in tray or anywhere else. Running at 1280x800 resolution which is native for this laptop. Anyway, it is a puzzle.
FWIW - I created a .dmp file that might help but it is very large. If you can let me know how to post it, will send it to you if I can but might have trouble via email.