I appreciate everybody's help.
I just went ahead and reinstalled Mandrake 9.2. It went through fine once again. I even got to connect to my DSL. Then all of a sudden, when I try to open ANYTHING, it either does absolutely nothing or I get "Could not start process - Can't talk to Klauncher?"
I'm gonna start a new thread for this, because the original issue was cured with a reinstall. I truly appreciate your efforts. It is taking a lot of patience, to go from a 2800+ AthlonXP machine with everything working fine to a 333mhz with a whole new way of OS life. I do want to learn this.