Windows 2000 - cannot connect to ethernet?

A while ago an old friend gave me his old computer, it was a windows 2000 thats about all i know, my other pc is being workd on atm so i figured id plug it in, it works/runs fine but i could not figure out how to get enternet working on it? have a cable going to a modem, then cable going from modem to router, then router (ethernet) to computer, can any1 point me in the right direction?
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  1. quick edit add: Its a Dell.
  2. Putting my half-bit of information:

    W2k doesn't install by default all the networking software and services. After OS installation, you have to go to Add/Suppress Programs > Windows Installation, and from there choose to add what W2k considers as options, like a few protocols and services which are needed for Ethernet networks. You may choose to add anything related with networks for instance.

    Also, in case you're accustomed to Xp, networking options and wizards aren't accessed through the same icons and clicks in W2k.

    It definitely works somehow, I know two computers connected as you describe. But the Internet Provider's installation CD did all necessary settings.

    Hope someone more knowledgeable will pass by. I jumped in because your question is unanswered for 6 days.
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