thanks for the advice, im actually having a different problem now
i switched to Mandrake 8.1 in hopes of it working. What ended up happening is (what i suspiciouslly believe) to be exactly what was happening earlier. I haven't been able to succesfully ping anything except myself. Ive reinstalled so many times, then i figured out netconfig
Now sometimes if the eth is actually working (but not on the net), the comp is slowed down 3x. Ill try blackbox...but yeah KDE is the most windows thing, its what im used to
My ultimate goal is to host a mud and its website off linux. I just need to get on the net!!!