Yes, I tried that. I haven't yet tried the patches on the 2.4 series kernel, the compile failed on the 2.4.22-rc2 kernel. Will download the pre8 patch (since that is what it was written for) and try that one.
I really appreciate all your help. Not sure if this is a BIOS thing either. It seems that the newer nforce2 based motherboards have a different version of the nforce2 chip. Found a lot of people with this problem. They all have pretty much given up on it. I won't go without a fight, but will hopefully lose $20 soon.