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I bought new Toshiba Satellite A65-S1028 laptop w/512MB, 60GB HD, XGA, DVD/CD, Pentium 4, 10/100 LAN, and Wireless 802.11g. All hardware ran fine on Win XP. Sysgen'd SUSE 9.2 onto it with dual-boot. Worked out all minor installation bugs OK, except I can't connecter to the Internet thru my Linksys router or direct-connect to it thru my DSL modem.
YAST configures the internal modem settings & driver, but the modem doesn't make DHCP requests to get an IP address (YES, I HAVE THE MODEM SET TO USE DHCP!). KInternet shows the plug icon with the lightning bolt, so I have to manually execute #ifconfig eth0 and #ifup eth0 to get the connection to show that it is on-line, but still nothing.
#IP still shows the local host IP addr of 127.x.x.x, so my conclusion is that the IP stack code never got the DHCP request sent to the router. I cannot ping the router, nor can I ping URL's because there is no DNS translation. YAST sees the modem, configures it with everything I/it thinks it needs, yet the Rx & Tx packet counts from the NIC card are 0 (nothing is being sent or received obviously. Status light on the LAN NIC card shows green (OK).
I am a Linux Newbie after many years on WinDoze, so I'm applying my Networking experience there to what I think should be happening in SUSE Linux. Comments? Been there, fixed this before? Thanks.
Having received no obvious answers (there were none), I solved the problem by updating the default kernel from 2.6.8 (out of the SUSE 9.2 distro box) to the latest 2.6.8-24.11 downloaded from one of the Internet distro mirrors all over the world. YAST installed it, I rebooted it, and Konqueror worked the first time I connected to a SUSE website; it asked if I would accept a cookie. Eureka!