The alias shell command reports shell aliases, it is totally unrelated to the modules.conf file.
Does your current configuration attempt to bring up eth0? NO
Does lsmod (as root) show nvnet as being loaded? NO
Does dmesg show any messages regarding nvnet?
No, The only mention of bits that seem relevant to networking and internet are:
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
NFORCE: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:09.0
NFORCE: chipset revision 195
NFORCE: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xb800-0xb807, BIOS settings: hda: DMA, hdb: DMA
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xb808-0xb80f, BIOS settings: hdc: DMA, hdd: DMA (I put space between : and D to prevent "Smiley")
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
Does this tell you anything?