Full post back, I think. I apologize I'm self taught so occasionally there are holes in my knowledge. When I enable ajax panels via the webpart properties, attempting to edit or add, the formview doesn't disappear, but clicking on the "update" button does nothing.
Disabling the ajax panels and disabling the view state via the webpart properties, clicking the update button puts the form in edit mode, but clicking update, doesn't update the item. I am able to add new items with this setting.