ifconfig has 0 errors listed. i think i might have seen errors before, although no great amount (<100). if i ping another computer on the lan after the nic has stalled, at the end of the ping command it will say for example:
7 packets transmitted, 0 received, +6 errors, 100% packet loss
but ifconfig still won't show any errors. the problem seems to be worse the more stuff i have running. if i'm in runlevel 3 with the gui, i might be able to transfer a 50 meg file. if i'm in runlevel 3 cli, i might be able to transfer 100 megs. if i'm in runlevel 1 with the nic up, i might be able to transfer 200 megs.
i checked linux drivers from linksys to see if i could find something more specific to my hardware instead of tulip, but it looks like tulip is the standard driver for my card.
i'm beginning to think it's some sort of strange hardware problem. i have just started having video problems as well--sometimes when i maximize a window or move the scroll bar in a window the screen will completely turn one color (most of the time white, sometimes other stuff like blue or pink) and i can't fix it except by restarting. the computer seems to still be running, but i can't see anything. even if i CTRL+ALT+F1/F2/whatever i still can't see anything, although i can tell the system is switching to the command line terminal.