which server are you running? if its minimal you wont be able to deploy your EJB. if so try switching to default server.
I was running default config for Jboss 3.2.1
well ... here is the story . It seems that my code was just right all along . I deployed the same jar in a windows 2000 enviroement with the same JBoss 3.2.1 and it worked just great .
The old system I was using was Gentoo Linux , and I suspect there might be a bug in there somewhere ...
If anybody is interested in any specific details and log files , just ask a few specific questions and I will do my best to cooperate and help . I'd dig a bit myself , but i'm a noob so i'd rather dig in my EJB book for the time beeing :)
thanks to anybody that wasted their time reading about my problems ;)