Thanks for the prompt reply.
The issue happens as soon as I boot so its not that the machine is going to sleep or anything.
I am currently copying a lot of data form the server but once complete I will log out and test the ping again.
here is my interfaces file -
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The primary network interface
#NetworkManager#iface eth0 inet dhcp
I did make a change earlier on which was in the gui for network connection 1, I ticked the box 'available to all users' I dont think that will have made any difference though would it? I was going to test and untick it after these file transfers have finished.
thanks again for the help, hope you have some more ideas for me!