Knoppix couldn't detect my ps/2 mouse or keyboard and i've googled everywhere for hints to no avail. So basically i gave up on Knoppix. I also gave up on SuSE live cd because of display problems...i know, you're saying i didn't look hard enough...well i just wanted to find a distro that i didn't have to jump through flaming hoops trying to get a simple mouse and keyboard to work.
Anyhow, i just installed Slackware's latest bootable cd and in less than 5 minutes i was up and online, even set up my email with KMail. Am I impressed? You bet! Anyone with hardware detection conflicts should give Slack a try. It auto-detected everything flawlessly.
I can see a full install in the near future, methinks!