Windows 98 cannot connect to the internet.

I have two laptops: WinXP and Win98.  They both were running on a wireless router connected to a cable modem.  Recently I had to rebuild both laptops.  I have reconfigured the cable modem and router.  I cannot connect to the internet through the WIN 98 laptop.  I have connected it directly to the cable modem and also through the router.  When I plug it directly into the cable modem the activity light does not go on.  If I run winipcfg and refresh/renew, I receive a DHCP server not available error.  I have done everything I can think of.   Is there configuring I am forgetting?  
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Is the network card installed correctly on the 98 machine, updated drivers and all?  

What are the specs for the 98 machine

Right click on My computer and go to Propertes, click on the second tab i believe it is Device Manager and make sure your network card is installed properly with the correct drivers.

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