Can't open terminal as non-root
I have recently installed Gentoo 2004.2 with kernel 2.6.7 - everything is pretty much working fine except that I can't open a terminal if I'm logged in as anything but the root user. I have a feeling there is something small I'm overlooking. The problem I have is that if I attempt to launch aterm it opens and then disappears instantly. Meanwhile, Xterm and Eterm don't launch at all.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. It scares me to have to log in as root to do anything!!