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Help needed on kernel upgrade

Sorry asking you this, but I'm a tired Linux newbie.
I know you have already answered this question a million times, but one
more can probably make me a former Windows user (and Google search
did not give me any help so far).

I've downloaded and installed woody, then customized the sources.list
file and successfully upgraded my system to sid ("apt-get update" and then
"apt-get dist-upgrade").

Then I tried to get rid of the old 2.2.20 kernel that prevents me from
my Nvidia Geforce4 card driver (yes, I've never seen X11 running on Debian
yet). I was so happy to get package kernel-image-2.4.27-2-686 installed
but felt frustrated realizing that my eth0 device had gone.

I can see that /boot/config-2.2.20-idepci file has some configuration lines
regarding my ethernet card:

... and /boot/config-2.4.27-2-686 has the following eth0-related lines:
# CONFIG_8139TOO_TUNE_TWISTER is not set
#CONFIG_8139_OLD_RX_RESET is not set

My questions:
1. How can I make the new kernel recognize my eth0 and home network
as the old one does?
2. Am I wrong expecting apt-get install kernel-image command to build
a new kernel with the old hw configuration without such problems?

Sorry about this long e-mail, but I'm trying to get Debian running as my
Knoppix live-CD does, recognizing all my system hw including usb plug-and-play
devices, graphics card, etc.

Somebody help me please...

Rogerio Delfino Nascimento
55 19 9118-3762
Messenger - rdnmvs@hotmail.com
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