A77 - couple of questions
Yep - I get the same. Tried it a few times, with the camera powered on and off while removing and reinserting battery and it's in the 4-7s bracket. However, there have been a few occasions where mine gets a bit confused and I have to do a hard reset (battery out), as turning it off and on again hasn't done the trick (Before anyone asks, I do have the latest firmware, until the new one comes out later today that is...). In those cases it's taken longer, but that's pretty rare.
I don't know of a way for the focus magnifier question. I assume you have it mapped to the button that could also be the smart telecon? Not sure how you even use it if you don't have that, but that's how I use it.