Wow.. that made it easy thanks very much powadha..
Ive still to learn a lot of the available commands.
As it turns out there wern't that many modules loaded anyway so it was quite easy to spot, that command will certainly come in useful - not one im likley to forget!..
it was the "DECchip tulip (dc21x4x) PCI support" module for the PCNet HT2001 0020 on slackware 10.1 if that helps anyone else
Now i've stopped slack running rc.hotplug at boot and the machine boots to console with my FTP server runnning in 30secs from power on.. wow..
Thanks again for your time its much appreciated.