linux doesn't recognize existing LAN
First off .. This is my first excursion into Linux .. and I had trouble getting the initial multi-boot GRUB to show the Linux distros on the boot menu.
Machine is multi-boot with gNewSense , Ubuntu , openSUSE, Mopix all installed. Each appears to operate and save changes and access internet via ethernet cable to router, but NONE will recognize my existing windows LAN or the worldbook network storage device. I have NO idea where to start to progress from this point. I have photos and music and documents copied to the worldbook device and a network printer as well as three other windows computers that I would sorta like to copy from/to.
Is there some configuration program or "procedure" that I need to follow to be able to access an existing Windows LAN.
Any help would be appreciated,