Finally got KDE up and running. I think what I did different was put my
monitor refresh rate at 85mHz. I had been using the default settings
and they apparantly weren't working. Still no printer access, but will
work on that. I had tried Ubuntu/hoary and YDL/sirius with no
resounding success. Both failed to find the install cdrom after booting
from it. Go figure. Thanks to everyone for your indulgence and patience.
KK