I am trying to summarize the problems I have with v9.7 when URLmethod=2:
1) Edit story or change status for links do not work (blank page). I have to change /story/ to /story.php/ in the as apache rewrite log indicates the link is /story.php/story-id/.
2) After the above change, I can edit story or change status but "Preview and Submit" comes back a blank page
3) Outgoing links returns 404. I then set "enable outgoing link" to false, it works with the original domain (not the URLMethod2 format).
I dont have any of the problems in v9.6