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I'm running Slackware 10.1 (2.4.29) on an IBM T21. I usually connect to my home network via a wireless card. I decided to plug in an ethernet cable into the back and I don't know what to do from there.
ifconfig just gives me the loopback network.
lo Link encap:Local Network
innet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOKBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
If that is all "lspci -v" gave you, are you certain there actually is a network card in that T20?
I owned a T20 a couple of years back, and I remember that it originally had just a winmodem chip on it's mini-pci card. Even though there is a RJ45 jack on the back, that does not necessarily mean it is connected to anything :-)
I had it swapped for a 3Com network/modem combi card eventually so I could get rid of the cardbus ethernet card I had been using until then.
So - you might want to check what's actually in there by turning the T20 over and remove the small cover plate, after unscrewing the single screw (might be hidden under a wad of rubber). The mini-pci card underneath will either have one cable leading to the phone jack on the back, or two cables - the second running to the adjacent RJ45 network jack.
In case you are using a Cardbus/PCMCIA card - I don't think that would show up in a "lspci" listing.