I built a machine with Linux on it about 6 or 7 years ago. I just use it as a fileshare, mainly. I know that's ages in computer years, but it's been great until I upgraded from Fedora 11 to 12. Then it quit recognizing the onboard ethernet. I couldn't seem to figure out how to build an older kernel, so I have since reinstalled Fedora 11, and even 10, both of which used to work fine -- but still, the ethernet is not found at all when I do 'lspci'. I have no idea what happened. And I think Fedora 12 wasn't happy with the graphics card or something, because it kept freezing up within about two minutes of booting it up when I was resizing dialogs, or doing basic things with the mouse.
Is it worth fighting all this, or will my life be much easier if I just upgrade to a new motherboard (remember, mine currently has onboard graphics and lan). Otherwise I guess I can just try plugging a new ethernet card in to this one, and hope that I can at that point download drivers to make the graphics card happy.
The motherboard is a "Shuttle AB60N 865PE Motherboard" -- http://www2.dealtime.com/xPF-Shuttle-SHUTTLE-AB60N-INTEL-865PE-CHIPSET-ULTRA-ATA100-ATX-FORM-FACTOR-1xAGP-8X-5xPCI-4xDDR-W-SATA-LAN-USB-2-0-