I've downloaded and burned the linuxmce 7.10 DVD. During install it never asks if the computer is to be used as a core, media station, or hybrid. It just asks for the hard drive to install, then a password. Then after a while it reboots into the video/audio setup and finally Sara comes up with the "if you can see and hear me" wizard. I also notice that the MCE Launch Manager has checks for both "Autostart Core" and "Autostart Media Station" which seems to indicate that I've mistakenly created a hybrid. I've searched for how to create a clean core and found this link.
Oh my aching head! Is it really this difficult to create a core? I thought I was trying to set up my system the way it was designed to work.