This probably belong inthe Mandrake section - but here you go....
I had the same issue and spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on in 9.1.
To make a long story short - the fix to my 9.1 eth0 error was found by some dude (who deserves better credit than this) named Bruno Damour. His solution is described in detail in
The skinny is to add the following line to the ifcfg-eth0 file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts:
and to execute
My network fired up perfectly after that. Hope this helps others and that Mandrake figures out what's up with ifstatus....