I found out what was wrong. the css i was using for my buttons in the form of the pop up was casuing the issue. this is what i was using for the css on my forms it works very well every where else but on this occasion it does not work v well inside the lay pop up itself.
font-family: Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, Monaco, sans-serif;
cursor<img src=../images/dmxzone/forum/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>ointer;
filter<img src=../images/dmxzone/forum/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>rogid
XImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient (GradientType=0, StartColorStr='#ffffffff', EndColorStr='#ffeeddaa');