when eth0 takes a long time to start, it either means that you have an incorrect ethernet configuration, or that you don't have a cable plugged into it. When it is set to search for broadcasted IP's through DHCP but there isn't a router/switch or whatever you use then it just sits and waits until like.. 3-5 minutes passes and it says [FAILED]. Just do what masand said, press "i" when it says "Press i to enter interactive mode" when booting, and don't start the eth0, and edit your ethernet configuration (i know in mandrake the command 'drakconf' brings up all the configurations for the computer.. i don't know what to do for RH7.3..)
If you have a router or switch or whatever connected to your ethernet card, and would like to see if you can connect, here are some commands (as superuser.. root):
"ifconfig eth0 up" (to 'turn on' the card ('down' would do the opposite)).
"dhclient eth0" (to search for a DHCP connection, and connect to it).
hope this helps..
Last edited by student04; 08-14-2004 at 02:35 PM.