No problem Dave,
Just to let you know, when you initially log in, if you dont type root followed by roots password, you wont be logged in as the root user.
I think you may have had some confusion about that.
I wouldnt recommend logging in as root if you are going to be using an internet connection. Its best to do internet activities while you are a regular user
Then disconnect and do whatever you need to your system as root.
ps you should also use /bin/su - in the future, too, just to be especially safe.