I have a Dell Dimension 4600. My ethernet card was built into the motherboard but fried and I put one in that plugs into the motherboard. I don't recall the name of it. Sorry. I use Wild Blue for my internet. It's the system that uses the satellites. I have an average download slightly in excess of 1500 kbps.I run through a linksys router as well. I installed the newest SOHO release, reinstalled it several times to insure I was selecting the DHCP option and watching closely to try and insure I wasn't misunderstanding the installation requirements. I update the gslap and then select mark updates, then go through the marked updates to insure I'm not installing Wi-Fi or something else that I don't use or need. I try and be very careful that I don't unmark a needed library for an already installed program that is needed or used. The problem arises when I reboot or start back up the next day. I almost always have to reboot a few times to get an internet connection. This has even happened when rebooting from a fresh install. The install does not recognize my dial-up modem which is fine, I know it's fried and don't use it anyway. But I don't understand how one time I can connect to the net and not the next three boots? I don't change anything beyond installing games and ripping a few cd's. I've tried to find out how to force a connection but havn't found any. Please be aware, I've only played with linux about a month now and this is the first slackware baptismal for me. I also have not played with the firewall as of yet so it shouldn't be blocking the internet connection. Thx for any helful comments in advance. P.S. If I can get past this small hurdle, I've found my dream system.