Thank you all for replying.
Here are tha answers to your questions (in reverse order)
5)Yes this card worked in this machine when it was running win95. (I have completely removed windows from the machine)
5)that is not a question, but a good suggestion, I will take it under advisement for later thought
4)ping 127.0.0.1 worked fine. no errore, fast turnaround.
3)ifconfig replyed with...
link encap:local loopback
inet address:127.0.0.1 bcast:127.255.255.255 mask:255.0.0.0
UP BROADCAST LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:3584 Metric:1
RX packets:34 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:34 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0
2) yes it beeps at about the right time for it to be beeping about the card.
1) during startup i see stuff about the crdmgr and whatnot, without any errors(that I can see)
I hope this helps you to help me. I think that maybe I don't have the right driver (modual?) for the card installed, or that it just ain't talking to the OS.