Well. I took the easy way out and I'm now in yet another clean install of Windows 7. I've only installed MSE and Google Chrome so far.
I think this time I'll wait until all the updates and SP1 are in before doing much else. I can reconnect my other two drives and access my media but I'll wait for SP1 before accessing Linux through EasyBCD.
I doubt that had anything to do with my problem but I can eliminate. Also I'll put very little software on until then as well. Just some utilities.
Thanks again for great support, John