Regarding the idle miner issues:
Here's what I found: I found a Bitcoin directory in two locations. One in the roaming profile and one in C:\Program Files (x86)\Bitcoin.
When I put my bitcoin.config file in the (x86) directory and started the gui, voila!!!! It worked. I then started another gui for my second device and they both crashed
Closed them both out. Opened one gui and am currently running only one device. Need to figure out how to modify config file to get both running. Feedback?
I should also note that I had to put the following flags in or it kept crashing: -v -f30 -w256
I don't know if that's optimal but I need some sleep now. Check in later.