Fix my Magento 1.7.2 Product Sorting and Backorders

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Looking for someone very proficient at Magento. I need two things that should be easy but there seems to be something wrong with my installation as it is not working as expected.

1. Product sort by Name. Although I have set the default in Configuration to sort by Name, Magento is not doing this. I can't really tell what it's sorting by (best value? as someone told me).
2. Back Orders. I want out of stock products to show as "Out of stock" however still present an "Add to Cart" button and allow customers to order anyway. This is supposed to be the standard behavior of Magento if you have Allow Back Orders set to "Yes" in Configuration. It's not working for me.

The only restrictions would be that I want Magento to remain upgradeable in the future and I need these changes to take place at a global level, not on the product level as I use a point of sale system that uploads and overwrites product settings frequently.

That's it! Two simple things (or should be) that I have spent hours and hours on to no avail.

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