i built the 2.4.18 kernel, and ran it - it seems to start without any problems except for the ethernet card.
the default kernel 2.2 which came with the first install had picked it up.
and i am quite sure i had selected the card during "make xconfig".
any is there anyway i can make the system detect it - either after i have booted and got into the system, or during boot?
i had followed the instructions on building custom kernels from the installation manual. the only change i made from it, was instead of getting the source pcmcia-source package, i had gotten the pre compiled .deb one, and installed that.
would that be a reason?