Now I have a working Gentoo system, it is time to improve it ( or break it)!
Thanks to some advice on the forums I reset some flags to better describe the procesor I have (Duron on this system). Then , recompiled the system - truly amazing to watch it grind thru so many packages. Took a long time, and have yet to confirm any speed improvements, but it is geeky cool nonetheless!!
Also, tweaked the XF86Config - just like old times. But this worked really well - the resulution has improved, and the text is sharper than my old Linux system and my Windows XP system.
Just got to get sound working!!!!