I hate to reply to my own post, but I found the solution!! Actually I found a post from someone else who found the solution... I will detail it here in case someone else searches for it.
All of these problems are all apparently caused by the same problem, that is the inability of IE to properly determine the user agent version due to a limit in the length that it can be. What happened was I went into IE and went to the Help/About Internet Explorer. When I did a strange Error 53 dialog box that came up. I searched the internet for this and came across this site: http://www.netsplore.com/PublicPortal/blog.aspx?EntryID=45.
Following the instructions on that site solved all the problems!
I hope this helps someone else...