Reminder on installing a NIC
Finally I found a posting that mentioned
the "PCI Ethernet Controller." I went to
the System icon again, found it lurking
in the device lineup, and deleted it.
This did it. I didn't even have to reboot.
I simply used the "Add hardware" icon, which this
time gave me a series of pop-ups that identified
the card and allowed me to designate the CD-ROM
as the source for the driver. When this sequence
was finished, I used the Run widget to execute winipcfg
to release and refresh the IP, and I was on-line.
all you would have to have done at that point
would have been "update drivers"