Maybe I'm not explaining this correctly - short of giving admin access to you (sorry, can't do that), I will try and articulate the problem in another way.
I cannot use the Links widget that came with my current theme (under "available" widgets). After dragging it to the sidebar, there are no options to choose from (links, blogroll, and there are no boxes to check for how you want the link to appear, etc) as the widget only shows delete/close and includes the above statement (which I have never seen before). It appears the programming for the widget (not what I wish to put in it) is broken.
There are no options for this widget.
Delete | Close
(This is what the links widget says when I drag it to the sidebar.)
In the "inactive" widget section, there should be a links/blogroll widget that I used previously. It is not there. When I have changed themes before, I could move the widget from this column to the sidebar column and it worked -- because it was there to use.
It is the same whether I use Chrome, Firefox or IE.
Does this help at all? Thanks for your patience and help --