man I'm such a rookie
Forgot to mention that this is a Compaq TFT 5015 flat panel display.
Get this, my 15 year old daughter installed Linux Mandrake 9.0 using the same method on her PIII 733 Compaq with the same exact display and she is up and running -- no problems...
I asked for her help, but she said... "Dad, it's 2 AM -- go to bed" as she walked to her room.
Brahm -- nothing fancy