Why? Do you use a Huwei modem?
I got the files from http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=41 but you are right. I downloaded Damn Small Linux and must have had a bad iso because it wouldn't work. This is on a desktop and I don't know how to connect via ethernet.
Lets get this straight:
1. You have installed DSL to the desktop.
2. DSL is not working - you suspect a bad ISO.
In what way is DSL not working?
Note: if it boots, then it is unlikely that you had a bad ISO. Try to concentrate on one problem at a time - if the install failed, then fix the install before
looking for functionality.
Do you understand that DSL is a minimal version of linux and, as such, it is very limited?
DSL is based off Knoppix. Neither are that great for newbs.
The standard approach to installing without internet access is to browse to the repository for your distro with another machine and download the packages - making sure you read up on the dependencies. Transfer the packages to the afflicted computer and install them using the distros package manager. You will typically get missing dependency errors, so you'll have a bit of to and fro to do - which is why best practise is to use a supported connection type temporarily. Ethernet is almost always set up to work automatically.
The windows style where you download a single zip, open it, and double click the "install.exe" file will not work for linux because of its modular nature. The upside is that once the core packages are installed, it can be very bandwidth-efficient ... as many of the packages are shared between apps. The downside is what you are experiencing.
If I were you, I'd consider a different distro.
I have another pc running win 2000
I can hook up to the net. If I could get simple direction how to run that to the linux it would help a lot. I will try a google search but any links to good instructions for newbs would be appreciated!
That would be over-complicated - you can only use the Win2k box as a gateway if you have the right license for it. We normally set up the linux box as the gateway because there are no artificial restrictions on what you can do with it.
If your computer has an ethernet port, you just plug an ethernet cable into that and wait a bit. The connection is automatic - usually. If you do not have a home network (i.e. one of those 4-port things on your router) then go to a cafe and ask if you can plug your laptop in someplace. They'll show you where to sit.