The only view mode i am able to use is the default view mode. As long as I am using the default view mode, I can switch layouts without any problem. If I try to switch to another view mode, it still uses the settings of the default view mode. I have tried every way of troubleshooting that I can think of including changing themes, altering CSS files and tpl.php files etc in order to try to isolate the problem. Furthermore, i am not able to apply wrapper or class styles via the UI settings. They don't appear in the source code.
Anyway, I have been battling this for two days now and figured I would see if anybody out there has any suggestions. On the server side, I am using php 5.3 with apc. I have tried clearing cache hundreds of times as well as restarting the server to see if there was something in memory that was stuck. I have also tried other browsers so it is something related to my development environment I guess. LAMP??? Please help. Thanks.