Thanks for the clarification, Vector! That will help a bunch.
Now that I have a clearer understanding of the issue, I'll just reinstall and select HAL (unless there's a way to do it differently???). Then I'll deal with the wireless issue.
My goal, ultimately, is to replace MS in my office with Linux. Right now, Vector is my front runner, so I really appreciate your help. This is the 'best' machine I've installed Vector on, but I like what I see so far.
I'll let you know about the wireless.