My Struggle with emacs 22.1

This page's goal is to illustrate a tricky problem of emacs (or me?) I'm struggling with. See my post in the news group 'gnu.emacs.help' (e.g. here http://groups.google.com/group/gnu.emacs.help/browse_frm/thread/4530c523dddf37dc#).

Any help to remove the 'menu' in the minibuffer are warmly welcomed! (bachmann@geo.uzh.ch)

When I start emacs (version 22.1) on a solaris 5.10 machine it always shows a kind of a dropdown selection box in the minibuffer. When I click on "..ish/European ]" in the minibuffer a little window popups and let me choose what I suspect among different input coding systems (see picture). emacs main window and submenu

The annoyance is that any minibuffer message are hidden by this menu. So, whenever I do a M-x I don't see what I'm typping as the message is displayed above the 'menu'. I first have to manually resize the minibuffer.

When I select for example the 'Lookup' entry I get the following submenu: lookup submenu

Selecting now 'p - Arrows' the following menu appears that lets me insert brrows characters by selecting in the menu: arrows selection