no I never could get it to work in the 2.4.22 and below kernels. I got it to work in 2.4.23 with the nvidia driver, but since have installed 2.6.0-test11 trying to get the video card working, and I can't. To use the ethernet in 2.6.0-test11 I had to use the forcedeth driver.
However, it did work with 2.4.23 and it is now working with 2.6.0-test11 which is why I say it sounds like you are making it too hard...
AMD Athlon XP 1700+ @ 2336mhz (JIUHB)
EPoX 8RDA+ nForce2
1gb PC2700 DDR
SB Audigy 1 (w/ 1394)