After some more fiddling I have not gotten any further.
Everything seems to make me believe i have to use a windows machine to find out the proper IRQ and I/O values so I can stick those into my linux settings. The card is PnP though, so I'm assuming it has been set by windows the last time it was used. Isnt there some program in linux i can use to probe the card and find out those values? I don't necessarily need to change them...
I checked out my modules.conf file and it has:
alias eth0 ne
options ne io=0x300 irq=4
I know that the I/O is wrong because when i do ifconfig eth0 it tells me that no NE*000 can be found at that address. I had tried using 0xNNN, and ifconfig still couldnt find the card... does that mean the IRQ is the problem here? I dont know what the IRQ is, 4 was just a guess (
I'm pretty stuck at this point
any help is greatly appreciated!