That did the trick, thanks.
Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter Issues
Intel EtherExpress Pro/100 Mobile 16-bit | kernel 2.2.13 | cardctl 3.1.3
A driver upgrade would be in order (David Hinds)
Date: 1999, Dec 22
Now I shall banish the evil OS from this laptop forever.
to: "That did the trick, thanks."