Thanks for the reply arckane,
sudo dhclient eth1 did not work. I'm unable to use eth0. it's on-board and never worked properly. So I've been connecting through a card.
/etc/resolv.conf is empty.
I added a nameserver and was able to get out on the net and do some reinstalls, so you've helped with the problem at hand.
Still, something else is amiss, so it's off to explore ways to resolve those problems.
I'm looking at this site for reference, in case anyone else out there is having my problem.
I really like this site. I think linux is going to be a great adventure.
It's quite a challenge.