Originally posted by Andy Kunzmann
# rpm -e NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.i386.rpm
error: package NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.i386.rpm is not installed
# rpm -i NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0256.i386.rpm
Only in order to install an rpm (rpm -i) do you need to specify the .rpm extension. In order to query package information (rpm -q) or uninstall/erase a package (rpm -e) you only specify the name.
Your sequence of rpm commands does show that you successfully installed the NVIDIA_nforce package, so you should now be able to configure that network card (either manually with ifconfig or through YaST2).
It worked for me in both SuSE 8.1 and 8.2 on an ASUS A7N8X deluxe.
In SuSE 8.2 the 3Com NIC works out of the box as long as ACPI is off.