Well fella's I've hit a wall with this internet connection thing. I tried going directly from my adsl modem into my pc and tried both the static and dhcp configurations with no success, I couldn't get a ping anywhere, just a "no network found". At this point I can only surmize that this slackware distro simply isn't compatible with my D-Link ethernet card or my D-Link modem, or maybe both.
In any event, thanks for all your help. Boy we sure burnt up some pages with this forum didn't we????.
Hey and looking on the bright side, I did manage to get a Linux OS installed on my computer, so the way I see it, the journey's just begun and as I continue to learn more about it I may just stumble upon a solution
Take Good Care