Welcome to LQ Trent!
For the internet open a terminal, login as root, and issue "netconfig"
For the mouse wheel, you need to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
and it should look something like this:
# Identifier and driver
# On platforms where PnP mouse detection is supported the following
# protocol setting can be used when using a newer PnP mouse:
# Option "Protocol" "Auto"
# The available mouse protocols types that you can set below are:
# Auto BusMouse GlidePoint GlidePointPS/2 IntelliMouse IMPS/2
# Logitech Microsoft MMHitTab MMSeries Mouseman MouseManPlusPS/2
# MouseSystems NetMousePS/2 NetScrollPS/2 OSMouse PS/2 SysMouse
# ThinkingMouse ThinkingMousePS/2 Xqueue
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2" <- change PS/2 to IMPS/2
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" <- add this line
# The mouse device. The device is normally set to /dev/mouse,
# which is usually a symbolic link to the real device.
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
# Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
# Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
# Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS1"
What makes the wheel scroll is Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" line and
the IMPS/2. I know, it's a USB mouse - so is mine. Can't tell you why
it uses IMPS/2 but it works. ;-)
Don't change the Option "Device" if your mouse works. This is where
the little feller is located.
Hardrake is part of Mandrake, and Slackware doesn't have
anything like that. Not sure about KDE, but Slackers usually just configure
everything by hand in a terminal. Don't fret - we'll help you!
For your filesystem, ext2 is not a journalized filesystem, whereas ext3
is a journalized filesystem. My own personal opinion - try not to reinstall
Slackware if you can be patient enough. Almost everything can be fixed.
There is a thread around here about changing an ext2 filesystem to an
ext3 filesystem, and enough really smart Slackers to help you. That is
one thing IMO you would want to change.