running RedHat Enterprise Linux 4.
here's my /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
my routing table
[root@cvs_server ~]# route -n
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface
10.16.10.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 U 0 0 0 eth0
169.254.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.0.0 U 0 0 0 eth0
0.0.0.0 10.16.10.254 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth0
[root@cvs_server ~]# more /etc/hosts
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail.
127.0.0.1 localhost localhost
i made sure that iptables are off too.
when i start the network connection i can see from the log that there were no errors during the startup but i cannot access the other machines on the local network nor does this machine accept incoming connections too because it cannot be seen from all the other machines. the weirdest thing is that sometimes if i restart the machine IT WORKS( sometimes after a couple of restarts ) !!! i haven't been able to find out why, i didn't change anything in the configuration nothing at all.