Which version of Vector are you using?
It's not LIVE, is it?(just a guess in the dark)
It certainly is.
VL 6.0 Light LIVE, with the contents of the iso on a separate HDD partition, bootparam changes
The issue is that booting straight into jwm (as opposed to icewm) results in missing keyboard symbols, what settings-file, or what script is not run, what have I missed.
Setting the keyboard layout in jwm for vl results in gtkdialogue errors (or the like, I'm not in VL now) , while setting the layout when logged in as root works perfectly.
Also, changing jwm-settings for vl didn't work, so I copied /root/.jwmrc to /home/vl/.jwmrc.