Thanks, friend, but I got Mandrake on 3 CD's attached to a British Linux magazine. They had to "skinny down" the distro so they left out a lot of KDE/GNOME, including kppp.
Last night I tried to do a reinstall but no good - same problem. Since I know that Knoppix works just fine, I am considering installing that instead, which will give me a Debian system I believe. Anyway, thanks for trying.