Through the luck of the draw, the one I found for myself was a 333 MHz Dell, still, I was awfully impressed with how well Debian Sarge worked on the Dell and it occurred to me that Linux might offer a way to give a second life to computers that would otherwise be considered obsolete.
Read it at Lockergnome
It finally occurred to me that a fresh install might not have the problems I was seeing in my updated install and, once the possibility occurred to me, there was no way I wasnt going to check it out. I downloaded a current copy of the Net Install ISO file, burned a CD and “gave er a shot” Bingo, no more problems. Debian Etch rules
and the adventure continues.