terminal ng in 11.1 kde3

i load the live kde4 disk and then update to kde3, then terminal does not work. it opens but the window is not clear to type or read. this only happens with 3 and not 4. if i do the same from the gnome disk terminal in kde3 works but the shut down acts like a log out. the disks come up clean on the pretest function. so what is going on?

i did some reinstalls and all goes well till i try to install hplip. i tried 2.8.12, 2.8.10, which were a no go and finally 1.7.4a which installed. after those the terminal goes bad. way beyond my experience.