Slackware 9, Windows XP, crossover cable and an internet connection
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networking windows and linux... hmm...
i believe the samba tool is designed for this purpose
therefore, run the wizard on the xp machine, note the settings like IP address of xp machine, then configure samba. since i have not tried this before, i can only suggest. however, doing a google search should yield some good results.
No hub or switch is needed. You also don't need samba.
Turn on Internet connection sharing on the XP machine. I've used XP for about 5 minutes, so I'm not sure, but I think under the network connection that is the DSL modem (likely a PPPoE connection) you right click and then find the box that says enable Internet connection sharing.
This will (if it works the same as Win 2000) set the network card on the Windows computer to 192.168.0.1. You will need to setup the Slackware computer to use the default gateway of 192.168.0.1 and put it on the same subnet (192.168.0.x with netmask of 255.255.255.0). If XP doesn't do this, just use the address the XP network card is assigned. You do need a static IP address on this card.
When that is done (and the cable connected), you should be able to ping each of the computers. When you can do that, you should be able to get out to the Internet. You'll need to edit your /etc/resolv.conf file with the nameservers your ISP has given you to resolve DNS names. Just run 'man resolv.conf' if you don't know how to do this.
That should do it, please let me know if this doesn't work.
As an asside, make sure you have a firewall on the XP machine. At the very least Zone Alarm. Don't use the XP firewall, it's not really a firewall. When you setup the firewall make sure the network card connection is a trusted network so that it won't block outgoing Internet requests from the Slackware machine.
Oh yeah, you'll neet to edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 to make the changes to the IP address and default gateway. And make sure to turn off DHCP.
when you configure the XP machine's Internet connection sharing you can use it as a DHCP server. Not a great one but it works. Try it that way and let the nix box grab an IP and gateway from the xp box.
Is it a USB mouse by chance? Try disabling Plug and Play in your Bios and see if it fixes the mouse/nic conflict
It sounds like maybe your nic isn't set up correctly. Im not a slackware guru so Im not real sure of the hardware browsing/detection capabilities.....i'd try commenting it out of fstab and trying to reconfigure it.