Well I discovered 2 things while fixing this problem:
1. Smoothwall will probe, find, and assign a driver to a nic card that is not supported lol
2. The DNS information you enter must be your ISPs DNS not your smoothwall box interface port from the orange interface.
I bought 3 brand new nics for another project and just grabbed one for addition of the orange interface which lit up and was found by smoothwall but i could not ping it from anywhere or ping from it to anywhere so i swapped it with another nic this one probed and loaded a driver but did not even light up! The last one probed, installed, lit up and could ping from it and I'm online updating now
I found out that if you need to install drivers for nics on a smoothwall you need to be using the developers version of the box or compile the binary on another fully set up 2.6 kernel then port the binary over to the box... what a pain!
Hope this helps someone save some time!