8.10 runs fine as core hybrid. If you have a black screen on startup you should look at this link.
Thanks for the pointer pigdog. I had already read through that and unfortunately, it's not an issue with the output. I can bring the AVWizard up and configure everything just fine. Sound works, video works but when Start_X.sh is executed, xfwm4 is brought up and all I get is a mouse pointer. The mouse pointer is active and usable. If I go log into a vterm and direct X to that display I can run applications. No applications are being started after the window manager comes up.
For those interested, here are my basic hardware specs:
M3A78-EM.... 780G chipset
Phenom II X4 940
8 GB ram
Hardware not yet added
I'm going to probably head out and buy my second NIC tonight as I'm wondering if that could somehow cause the issue I'm experiencing. I've already been told I would have to re-install afterward so I was waiting for the HVR drivers to be released before I bothered with it. I'm doing my tinkering now to get the process down so that I get it all in one clean and fresh install