My problem was uninstalling the old version that came with Mandrake 9.0,
Gaim Version: 0.59.1
And installing 0.66. On the site it said to make sure that I had GLIB 2.0 installed. For some reason I couldn't find that installed or at the time didn't know how to properly look for files with the find command.
I ended up going on a wild goose chase to the GTK website were I was told that If I installed the newest GTK that I had to install a bunch of dependencies.
Most of those would install all the way and I ended up basically killing the pc.
I had to uninstall and reinstall the whole OS......Totally frustrating. One of the things that I have noticed, particularly when installing software packages via RPM versus compiling from the source is that for some reason when installing from the rpm's your Paths created to needed dependencies are different if you were to install the same software package and do a default compile from the source. ./configure, make , make install. This is totally stupid and I keep running into the same problems.
Apache for example, was installed from the Distro CD via RPM. When I went to take a online tutorial on how to configure Apache, the directory/path conventions where way off. I couldn't follow the tutorials because of this. As soon as I unistalled apache and compiled from the source, with all defaults then I was able to follow the tutorials.
Stupid....but a learning experience in the long run. Linux /Unix has quite the the steepe learning curve. I still prefer this over windows anyday though. Eventually they will get this all down and Linux/Unix will once again be the dominating OS. The sooner the better.