Fresh install of openSUSE 11.2 cannot connect to internet for the life of me...why?
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I really don't like NetworkManager, but on OpenSuse as desktop it works very well.
...and I'm not even sure how helpful the original comment was: the network manager that was shipped with early versions of KDE 4 was notoriously bad, but improved dramatically sometime around KDE 4.3 or so. So, I don't know exactly enough whether the OP is likely to have the 'good' or the 'bad' version of Network Manager (unless it has been upgraded since install, or is using a different GUI (Gnome, KDE 3, XFCE...), in which case it is almost certainly a 'good' version).
So, yes, it works really well on late versions of KDE 4 and really badly on early versions.
You'll notice the ABSENCE of any interface besides "127.0.0.1" (your loopback address).
You're not going to get ANYTHING working until your system finds at least one hardware interface (Ethernet or wireless, preferably Ethernet).
You need to figure out why it's not seeing your Ethernet.
Make sure it's plugged in.
Try swapping in another NIC card, if necessary.
If you happen to have an on-board NIC, check your BIOS to make sure it's enabled.
But your #1 priority at this point is to do ANYTHING you can to make your Ethernet hardware device wake up and say "Hi!" to Linux. Right now (for whatever reason) it appears completely "dead".
Always reboot after making any hardware changes.
Upon reboot, Linux should auto-detect your NIC hardware, and you should be able to see it (and bring it UP and DOWN) in Yast, Network devices.
You can also look at "dmesg" (startup messages) and/or /var/log/messages (all system messages, including failed kernel driver loads).
'Hope that helps .. PSM
I dont know if I mentioned this already but I am trying to get openSUSE 11.2 to work on a brand new Toshiba laptop, so I dont know how easy it would be for me to swap the NIC card or even if its necessary. Also, like I said, I had SUSE 11.1 working flawlessly on the same laptop, and all the drivers and firmware were were automatically found and installed by openSUSE so there should be no reason why I cant get all of my hardware up and running with this version of SUSE since I already know they work on linux.
I know I am not the only person out there with this problem. If anyone has a solution for me please clue me in because this is starting to get very frustrating...
Again: for whatever reason, *THE* problem is that SuSE isn't autodetecting your network hardware. I think a lot of the suggestions have been good. But I definitely sympathize with your frustration. And, unfortunately, there's been a lot of "noise" and "cross-talk" on this thread (no need to mention names )
1. Log on to a terminal window as "root".
2. Run "lspci -v"
Cut/paste the output for your Ethernet controllers
<= I'm assuming you probably have an on-board Ethernet, and it's probably a PCI device. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
3. run "ifconfig eth0 up"
run "ifconfig eth0"
Cut/paste the output
4. Check "dmesg|less" for anything related to your Ethernet device.
Cut/paste the output
5. Check "less /var/log/messages" for anything related to your Ethernet device.
Cut/paste the output
Wow! It's been awhile since I posted my success story. Surprised to hear they are having problems with a current SUSE distro.
1) Check the PC or Laptop Bios; see if you see any problems with your hardware configuration.
2) Swap the Ethernet card out if it is in a Desktop, or on a laptop try the same exercise on a different laptop to see if it is the hardware.
3) If SuSE installs, boot it up and try to configure the Ethernet card yourself using Yast or one of the other system tools. Do a direct connect to your DSL or cable modem, which must also be configured to operate with the Internet connection (PPoE, etc., etc.).
4) If you're not sure if your modem or DSL is working, and have a Windoze PC, boot it up and see if it can connect to the Internet. If it does, you're down to just the SuSE configuration.
5) If you're using a LinkSys Wireless Router to direct-connect to a DSL, sign on to it in Admin mode at its IP address and step thru the menus to look at all its settings. If running in WPA mode, check your shared key in SuSE to make sure it matches.
Let's see how far you can get started with these tips.
No problem, PSM. I had a lot of suggestions I didn't post because they appear to have already tried them. It all came down to having to manually flip the NIC card settings. You would think SuSE had figured out all the correct settings for Toshiba NIC cards, but my out-of-the-box experience for their distro twice had the same mis-configuration blues for me.
Both times, the BIOS was fine, the NIC card was fine; it just came down to the settings. I was also fortunate to have multiple laptops for testing, and a working Linksys wireless router for Windoze to do research & download stuff.