Okay after getting a new hard drive under Lenovo warranty and installing it - to speed things up I used a full Carbonite mirror to bring the system back up with the new hard drive. I deleted TCAD again and reinstalled as the trial 32-bit version. I also removed the Nividia graphics board and am running off the internal display on the motherboard. Everything on the system is running fine - windows, office, Rhino, etc. AND YET STILL TURBOCAD CRASHES ON START UP.
Thankfully my Lenovo laptop is running fine so I am able to conduct business but this is a real crappy situation. I realize the dismal house of cards that Windows is built upon but this is just ridiculous. My next option appears to be a complete bottom up re-install of Windows and then all the misery of rebuilding all the programs, drivers, and particulars I use to do my day to day business - or just shit can this quite new $1,500 machine. Not leaving me with happy vibs about TCAD. Feeling more and more like just moving to Rhino - where I can't really think of a time it has crapped out. Where as pretty much at some point every year TCAD goes wobbly. Feels to me like you are testing versions out in the real world without sufficient testing and proofing.