My bad I have the the cable plugged into eth1 which seems to confuse Slackware. I grabbed a copy of ubuntu
and it worked fine when I booted it up. A quick look at the ifconfig and boy did I feel dumb. I still don't know what was wrong with Slack 11 but I bet it was the same issue.
I still want to leave the cable in eth1 so I need to fix the network config so it works right