Ace, I had done a Live CD boot a few times since yesterday and seen the issue each time. However, I just did a Ctrl-Alt-Del and clicked Logout on a whim. The login screen began a countdown to login automatically as 'user' and lo' and behold I see the taskbar now. Very odd but resolved. Thanks to all responders.
Just to close the loop, no CRT monitor matthewg. Also, thanks for the link. I came across that one as I was doing my homework on 7.10, good write up.
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