@swag72 - This whole thing seems odd. Grasping at straws here …
Have you tried “re-homing” the EQ8? (ie. disconnect from EQMOD/ASCOM and then use hand paddle or one of the “home utilities” to auto-home the mount?
There has been some discussion in the past (EQ8 - EQMOD - SGP users) that PS2 worked better if there was a pointing model in EQMOD (but only if a relatively small one, capped at 6-8 points).
There was a time when this helped me as well, although in my current setup incarnation, I am not using a point model in EQMOD (and PS2 is working quite well).
So if you have run out of options, perhaps try throwing a few points in the EQMOD model and see what happens.