Wow, Thanks for the reply....... I was a little surprised to see one after this long of a delay.
I have "learned" a few things since this post..
1. I am beginning a Unix class on Saturday's begining this weekend that should be of some help.
2. found "Samba"
3. Can "ping" other computers on the network and so forth..
4. Yes, I read about the "winmodem" problem, and that it is. Although I have an external us robotics 56k that I might experiment with.
Thanks again for your input.