for all who care...figured it all out...
one night when my internet connection was sketchy, i used YaST in my SuSE 9.1 to change my network card model to see if i had the right one selected. after it didn't work again after that, i tried to change it back more than once to see if it had worked. what that did was during boot, my computer was trying to initiate 5 network cards. one for every time i thought i was "switching" my model with YaST. all i did was click the "advanced" button and manually delete eth1-eth4 and left only eth0. works like a charm. note: this message for severely impared noobs like myself ;-)