Architect by trade i've come accross a number of issues and problems that seem to crop up a bit too often. Any tips or solutions to any would be much apprechiated. Apologies for there being so many, i work with Microstation Powerdraft XM "alot". I apprechiate many of these may just be inate bugs that occur with software coding and as such may well be patched in later versions of P.D. but as a firm we don't have the time to allocate for a system wide update just yet.
In addition to what John and Inga replied with, some of the things you mention seem to be related to graphics... make sure that you have the latest-and-greatest graphics drivers on your computers/workstation. If you do, you might want to take a look at www.bentley.com/mstnbenchmark.