Thank you for your reply.
I tried setting TERM to linux and xterm in Linux and AIX. I tried all conbinations. I think that might problem has to do with the monitor resolution.
I am using a new Gateway 700G. The resolution is set to 800x600. If I try pushing the resolution a knotch, say to 1024x768 or higher, the screen goes black. Even after rebooting the screen still black. So I have to reboot in ASCII mode and remove the X11 configuration file, and when asked during the boot process, I set the resolution to 800x600. But then I get the original problem that prompted me to create this post.
If I can get a device driver for the Gateway monitor, perhaps my problem would be fixed.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.