Re: I Wanna Go Back!!
Any of the mainstream distro's really would work, Mandriva, (K)Ubuntu, SuSE, Fedora Core for your purposes.
As for your network card, is it wired, or wireless? If it's wireless, look into the NDISWrapper project (ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net). I use it with my Belkin WNIC, because there are no native drivers for the chip. If NDISWrapper doesn't work, search Google for DriverLoader, it's similar to NDISWrapper, but many people have more success with it. Basically, the two just allow you to use the Windows Driver (.inf) file, to use the card.