Alright, so I got the sound working (check 1-2-3) and the video working alright so that leaves one piece to try and fix; the modem.
As mentioned before, the modem appearted to be stuck in the open position which makes a mess of things.
Swapping out the modem with an unidentified modem from some other machine I could only hope the system could figure out what it is better than me.
During the bootup it ran through hardware detection like it should and no big surprise it didn't instinctively find the drivers for it. Not knowing what make of the modem it is, let alone the model, tried to install it as a generic modem. The system seemed to take that and required a reboot.
To check the modem I switched the dial-up internet connections to the new modem and fired it up. Unfortunately it did not work.
I don't know if it is a hardware problem with the actual modem or if it is a driver issue. I know the internet connection settings are working properly because after a while I plugged in the USRobotics external 56k modem and have been using that to connect to the internet since.
[ NETWORKING ]
I have to admit I know NOTHING about networking! I think I want a peer-to-peer connection between the Workstation and the Desktop.
I don't even know if I have a usable crossover network cable! I wonder if this will be any easier in Linux than Windows?