stupid 2004.3 update
After an update, the etc-update messed up my system configuration. I had to do the following:
1. update /etc/fstab to get all of my partitions mounted correctly
2. boot into knoppix to see what network driver I have and add the drier name (via-rhine) into /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.4
3. I still havne’t figured out how to fix the audio configuration
Yes stupid 2004.3 update
However, I have to say that the forums did made it less painful.