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Also, you never state what kind of broadband you have. Is it cable or DSL? If cable it will probably work just as nylex suggested. If it is ADSL using PPPoE you will probably have to get a PPPoE client like rp-pppoe (from Roaring Penguin -- a Google will find it) and configure it with your account settings to get online.
alright, well.. first off. i have a cable connection. and second, i tried the commands. the first one just sent me to another prompt with no output and the second command almost seemed to freeze up the shell. it gave me no output and gave me no prompt. i tried the internet connection again and i'm still having the same problem.
The dhcpcd command tries to acquire an IP address via DHCP. I usually use dhclient for this since the output is a bit more verbose by default, but dhcpcd should work. If it just hangs it doesn't sound like it's getting any connection back. Have you had to use any special client software to connect on Windows? Also, just to be clear, you are connection directly through your cable modem? Or do you have a router of some sort?