I have RH 9 running on my PC quite happily. NIC is a Minitar wireless which, after some doing, managed to get installed into the system. In the readme file that comes with the Linux driver for this card, the follow commands need to be run (as root of course) to bring the NIC up:
run '/sbin/ifconfig ra0 inet YOUR_IP up'
run '/sbin/route add default gw YOUR_DEFAULT_GW dev ra0'
I run these commands, PC able to see my LAN (which is all of 2 PCs, the other running XP *shiver* and Billion ADSL modem router as the access point). The router has an IP address of 192.168.1.254 so I use this as the default gateway address in the command above and assign 192.168.1.1 as the IP address for the NIC. HOWEVER, upon shutting down and rebooting, during the boot up process when the IFUP command is run for the device ra0 (the wireless NIC), there is a long pause then the following message is displayed:
unable to determine IP address (or to that effect)
Once I have logged back in, the two commands above have to be run again before LAN/Internet access is restored.
Question #1 - which config files do I have to edit so these settings are remembered and to remove the bootup error?
Question #2 - is there a utility which can be run and/or a config file which can be edited so an IP address can be mapped to a MAC address? This would be useful as I could map the IP address to the MAC address of the NIC for security purposes.
I am an experienced newbie (I think that is an oxymoron) so any help in resolving this would be greatly appreciated.