Regarding the "grey, fuzzy" lines: I believe you have those lines set to be dithered in the CTB file you're using.
When you're in the PLOT dialog window, click the small pen icon under PLOT STYLE TABLES (top, right of the window) -- see image (below, LEFT). (NOTE: Be sure the CTB file that you have been using is showing to the left of the icon. That's the file you'll be editing. In my example, monochrome.ctb will be modified.)
Then, along the right-hand side of the Plot Style Table Editor (Pen Settings) window that pops up, adjust the "Screening" value to 100 -- see image (also below, RIGHT).
Now, at the bottom, click SAVE & CLOSE.
That should fix your problem!
With regard to your other issue: I don't use the dashboard.... so I can't help you out there.