Thanks for the response. I will try what you have said and get back with you.
In the meantime, I have discovered a few interesting things.
1) If I use the default windows manager, the desktop looks great and the 3D desktop works great. However, this is the environment that will not load the usb devices. I also cannot get the menu to come up correctly. If I hover over the claw icon for the menu, it begins rotating. As soon as I click it, it stops rotating, the dvd rotates for a moment, but after several minutes, I get no menu and the taskbars will not respond to any mouse or key input. Any window currently open still works.
2) If I attempt the accellerated manager, it claims I have no 3d support and takes me to desktop without compiz but some other manager. This environment, the menus work great and the usb devices also auto mount.
Any thoughts on how to resolve this?