Ok. Maya, for some odd reason, just decided to start working again. This after a reformat and reinstall. What did I do differently this time? I didn't import my saved settings I had from an earlier install. Could that have done it? Possible. It's possible there was a setting in there somewhere that was corrupting the rendering process.
Anyway, I'm up and running again and once again a happy camper.
Professor of Digital Arts
Digital Media Arts College
Boca Raton, Florida