Terminal program

I've spent the past few days battling with Minicom under Eterm, and 
haven't been very successful. For some reason, none of the ctrl-A 
commands speak well at all, and configuring my serial port has been a 
nightmare. Furthermore, the dialing directory seems to stay open once a 
connection is established.

Since Minicom doesn't seem to want to cooperate, can anyone recommend 
another terminal package? Or, is there a way to get Minicom speaking? 
(Personally, I'd like to just stick with Minicom, but if there's a better 
package out there then I'll switch. :)