I am very moved by the responses I have received to my question today and to my 'closing' comment about Vector. I really like what Vector stands for, and based on past experience, the great community. I really like Vector and the lack of bloat. I have been using Linux for at least ten years and have seen vast improvements during this time. It is true that in the past, with VL 5.8 SOHO, I did have some technical issues which seemed, at the time, to require far more knowledge than I had.
YET, every time Vector releases a new version, I am drawn to it. I am very impressed with 5.9.1 and with so many people offering help, I really want to make 5.9.1 work. When I am more comfortable with Vector, and after my need for my laptop to be used for 'mission critical work,' I will try installing VL on my laptop. That will be at least five weeks from now.
I KNOW that my problems should not be discussed in this thread, so with this reply I will turn to the proper threads for more help.
What I have seen of VL 5.9.1 SOHO is very impressive. The community involved with Vector is even more impressive. Thank you to all of you and to your generous offers of continued support. Admittedly, I am writing this on my main desk top......for now.
What a great community.