System freezes/hangs on connection to ethernet and wireless
My laptop specs are as follows:
CPU Intel Celeron 1.1GHz
Memory 256 MB SODIMM
Hard Drive 30 GB UDMA
CD Drive 4x 4x 6x 24x Toshiba SD-2002 DVD/CDRW combination drive
Floppy Drive 1.44mb 3.5" Drive
Screen 14.1" TFT (Native Res.1024x768)
Video Card SiS 630 8Mb shared + TV Out
Sound Card SiS 7018 integrated
Speaker Stereo Internal
Modem Smart Link 56k HAMR56-V2.84
Network Card SiS 900 integrated fast ethernet
PC Card 2 x Type I/II, 1 x Type III
Ports 1x Infrared
1x Kensington lock
1x USB 1.1
1x RJ-11 modem
1x External VGA
1x RJ-45 network
Battery Info Smart Li-ion (Li-Ion)
The problem I am having is that whenever I put the ethernet cable into the laptop, the system completely freezes up. Neither the mouse nor the keys will respond. Only thing to do is restart the entire system. I thought this could be a problem with my laptop NIC card and tried using my Netgear MA521 wireless PCMCIA card with Ndiswrapper to connect to my network. Upon connecting the same thing happens - the whole system freezes.
I have tried Gentoo, VLOS, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE - the same problem happens in all flavours. I am currently downloading Fedora Core 4 to see if it will work but I'm not too hopefull.
I have attempted to use DHCP and set the IP manually - both freeze the system.
Does anyone have any insight as to how I can get internet on my laptop please?