Complete Linux noob here.

System:
Windows XP and ArkLinux 2005.2
HP Pavilion laptop
Intel 2200 BG wireless card

I've been trying to get an internet connection in ArkLinux, but I can't get it to work. I downloaded the drivers from the intel site, and tried to install them, but the build / install commands weren't working. So I was exploring the system files in the kernel, and found that there are some drivers for my wireless card, they say something like "iwp2200.ko", but in my network settings, my wireless and wired network cards (eth0 and eth1) say they are "unplugged". How do I get them to work? I figure everything must be there, it just isn't working together.