James... The Jan 29th 2016 beta is now loaded and hardware manager firmware update applied. Both loaded without error with the firmware update physically observed loading to the dongle (cool flashing lights and alpha/numeric display "scrolling").
After loading both I completely powered down the PC then re-powered and started 2016 beta which took me all the way to the demo because the program did not recognize any dongle. I went to hardware preferences and manually selected the Suite2fc option which auto restarted the program which then produced the "Hardware detected and ok SUITE2 FC Serial:105076" during startup, and for the first time also changed the dongle display from "A01" to "PC."
However, the dongle is still not outputting DMX to universe 2 (the only universe we are currently using).
Not back to normal yet, but closer. This must be something really simple.
Perhaps... I should uninstall the older version Compu Show from my system?