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Did you press the Return key after you had typed ifconfig?
If you had told us the output of that ifconfig command, and how you expect to connect to the internet (I hope the answer is "Down the ethernet cable to my already-configured router"), it would be easier to help you.
Just in case the answer is "Down the ethernet cable to my router", you could try sudo dhclient eth0, (and that's "e-t-h-zero", not "e-t-h-Oh") in a terminal.
Something should happen that will imply you are connected. Then try going off to google. If this doesn't work for you, stop dhclient from continuing to try to get you connected with <CTRL> C (that's hold-down-the-control-key press c release-the-control-key !), and repost here.
What kind of connection are you establishing? DSL, dialup modem, wireless or what?
The program asks you some questions (default answers are usually ok, except when it asks for your username and password, type those you use), and in the end queries if you want to start the connection during bootup or not (in the latter case you'll need to run it manually by typing pon dsl-provider).
For dialup modem: there should be (I think) a pppoe program of some kind in the menu; it works like those you use in Windows, and it should be easy to configure.
For wireless: you should use
iwlist eth1 event
and if that produces good output, your wireless device works. If you have one regular ethernet card and one wireless, you usually have eth0 for wired and eth1 for wireless LAN, or then wlan0 for wireless LAN. If yours is wlan0 and not eth1, use that instead. If the above command doesn't give anything, or if you get information that states the wireless device doesn't work, the native drivers might not work and you'll probably have to take a look at a program called ndiswrapper (there are howtos for that on the net).
I am getting more confused I have tried sudoclient no sucsess
so will this help,I am probably not giving the right info.
anyway my router is a sagem livebox orange france,I have a pc
and a laptop the pc is on windows 98se the laptop windows xp family
edition both work on the net without problems,it's only when trying
to use linux I have any problems.
the router is IP but what is ping and how does it work??
I hope that the info will help someone to help me solve my problems.
It is driving me MAD and giving me a headache. Please STOP IT NOW!
Please open ONE thread, and keep replying there until you are sorted out.
Mods can you merge these threads?
Sheesh, I've got gibney windows all over my desktop now. No wonder you are confused!
So, on to the problem:
I am connected to the net via usb cable attached to a wanadoo livebox
This is likely to be the problem: The USB cable. Linux really doesn't like to connect to the internet with USB. It is a pain to get working, if you ever manage it at all. Does your "wanadoo livebox" give you the option of making a connection with Ethernet cable? (It looks like a big 'phone connector, with 8 wires / pins).
If not, I strongly suggest you do yourself a favour and go out and buy yourself an ADSL modem/router that works with Ethernet. I've used ones from Zoom ("X4" & "X5") and Netgear (DG834G, has wireless too, very good value) and they work very well, but just about anything that has Ethernet will do.
gibney, I have merged the threads being in fact a part of one. Next time please post your reply in the same thread you have asked your question. Thanks.
Note that many member have email notification on. It means that if they posted an answer to your thread, they will be notified about your answer ONLY if you post it in the same thread. So proper threading benefits you in the first place.