Posting six threads on the same problem just makes extra work.
> Both the fd lights stay…
If you are referring to floppy disk LEDs staying on, No. If a floppy drive LED stays on all of the time, the usual cause is the flat cable is plugged-in backwards on either the motherboard or drive; the red stripe goes to pin 1. The end with the twist plugs into floppy drive A: on most computers. I have never seen a network installation cause this sort of problem. Perhaps the cables were unplugged and plugged back in backwards when the network adapter was installed?
> the link act. light flashes(is that right?).
Yes, if it is a combination Link and Activity LED. A better description for the behavior is that it is on most of the time, indicting a Link, and flashed off when there is activity. A Link-only LED should be on solid all of the time after booting-up both computers.
>I included the crossover cable no problem.
? If the crossover cable is part of the kit (commercially made), it is probably OK. If it was custom-made locally it could be the cause of the problem even if the Link LED behaves normally (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/link.htm).
See http://duxcw.com/faq/network/brreq.htm, http://duxcw.com/faq/network/names.htm, and http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/net2pc/intro.htm for more help.
Good luck! Larry