Thanks for the suggestion.
Something intersting; as the problem appears to be with Kobo drivers, I thought I would uninstall and reinstall the kobo desktop. In doing so, I got a usb error in re-installing and was told my new usb hardware may not work correctly. Well, I had very little USB stuff connected and running, but I did have 2 usb memeory sticks connected. I again uninstalled, removed the memory sticks and re-installed and did not encounter the error.
Now to see if my Kobo behaves better.