From Alan Shutko on Thu, 26 Nov 1998
More Expansions and Corrections:
Re Victor J. McCoy message on 11 Oct 1998, here's a possible explanation.
It seems that Victor is using an X button to start up PPP. And the button (and lots of other things) don't work when the numlock key is on. That's because somewhere along the line (X11R6 I think), the handling of numlock changed from a server-handled thing to acting as a modifier.
Many programs which don't handle this new modifier will fail to display menus, let buttons work, etc, when numlock is on. Certain key bindings won't work. The solution is to turn off numlock. If that doesn't work, it's a different problem.
I'll let this speak for itself. Maybe the new XFree86 3.3.3 fixes this.