Ok - I now feel like a scientist- and I've spent way too much time trying to figure this out. Here's a run down of my combos and what happened. It has to be the phone itself based on my efforts:
1) CONFIGURATION: NIB. Software 1.52 (about a month ago- machine was built on 2/2/18 (I think or just around there) I got it around 3/10. It worked perfectly 1 day. 2nd day phone only would boot to lower third. If I disconnected VGA and reconnected it work fine until reboot/next time I played it. It would work find for as many games as I played.
2)CONFIGURATION: New video card and new Phone. I got a new VGA card and new phone. I installed the new card- my phone kept doing the same thing (lower third). I then replaced the phone with the new one. It booted with a new message my other phone never showed "video configure." It worked every time that I power cycled the machine- aka full screen worked as it should. I was happy. Next day- it booted with colors having a purplish tint. This won't go away with pulling VGA cable, power cycling etc. It does consistently fully boot- and the whole screen shows so at least I have a working game as I continue this project. I am unhappy.
3) CONFIGURATION: New video card that I had installed - with an old PC monitor. Worked perfectly. Booted in full. Full color. I was able to get consistent results. I tried about 15/20 times. Conclusion- Video card is OK.
4) CONFIGURATION: Old video card (original) with new phone. Booted fully- but with purple tint. Same behavior as the new card. No change.
CONCLUSION- As of now it has the be the VGA screen on the "phone." I no longer suspect the video card. Based on these results - two video cards gave me the same purple tint on my new phone. But - worked fully with my old PC monitor. It has to be the weak link in this.
At this point I think I earned a DialedIn Jacket- or lunch with Jack lol.
Going to share this with Stephen- and I'll report back.
For those on the fence- just so you know JJP hasn't hesistated to give me parts as needed. They're doing what they can to help. I'm bummed- but I know this will get sorted out. It sucks- and I've spent too much time on this- but it will be figured out.
Photos below are in order as I did things- the last two are the new video card and new phone so you have a reference of the purple tint. Same video card products perfect colors on my PC monitor. Thankfully it's a vertical monitor- that may look cool as a topper! Hmm.....
$2500 by Christmas though......