I find my driver CD for the NIC, shut all down, restart in safe mode, remove drivers for both installations of the NIC (If you ask, I'll tell, but it's not pretty), install NIC with proper driver.
Network as flaky as it was to start with.
And still no connectivity to Chronos.
So I whammy the M$N connection into behaving itself...
So we're back at square 1. Network cable plugging and unplugging itself, but Chronos has connectivity.
(I just said, to votania, "Chi-yo-tsu-fucking-li!" Nothing like unintentional bilingual expletive infixation in what was already shocking language.)