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Old 05-14-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
BlakOps
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connecting with blueyonder & a few other queries


Hi. I am a complete newbie in relation to linux so i will start with an apology. very sorry if there are threads on this issue & i have not found them!

Ok. I downloaded & burnt to disc mandrakes last release & after some messing about managed to install it on a 2nd hard drive in the pc.

My Questions are:- A) I have to choose which os to use at start up. WindowsXP or mandrake. If at some point I may want to uninstall Mandrake cos i have another use for the hard drive.
how do I remove the little program that runs in the bios that lets me choose which OS to run? After my first install of mandrake I took it off again & was then unable to startup Win Xp. To be able to access this I re-installed mandrake.


B) I have a usb connection to a Webstar DPX100 cable modem & my ISP is Blueyonder Broadband ( I live in the UK). I cannot connect to the internet through mandrake. I have contacted Blueyonder to see if they can provide me with any help but no such luck . Unsupported they say. though I cant imagine that this question has not been asked of them before or that there are not linux users out there using blueyonder.

i do have a LAn cable (RJ45) but connecting this & unconnecting the usb does not help . i am also confused by the internet connection help within mandrake.

Basically could anyone suggest to me what the hell I need to do. How do i find the DHCP addresses etc which i need?

Do hope someone can help.

Tanks anyway.

BlakOps
 
Old 05-14-2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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a) fdisk /mbr from a windows startup disk or msdos is the command used to rewrite the mbr thus removing whatever bootloader you had installed. Another one is fixmbr if you are in recovery mode.

b) I can't help you on that one.
 
Old 05-15-2005, 04:21 AM   #3
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For your internet connection:
Do not use the USB connection.
Do use the ethernet connection. Plug it in, and then, as root, issue the following commands:

ifdown eth0
dhclient eth0

If this makes your internet work, you can put those two commands at the end of the file /etc/rc.d/rc.local, and you will automatically be connected at boot time.
 
Old 05-15-2005, 06:47 AM   #4
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I agree, using ethernet is usually better than messing around with USB. I have noticed that a lot of isps in the UK, still send people cheap usb based modems, so I ended up getting my own modem/router with both ethernet & usb connections but I only use ethernet.
 
  


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