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Old 06-15-2002, 02:24 AM   #1
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Help me with the Internet?


hi,

Basically, Installing Linux has never been a problem. But the stumbling block has always been detecting the LAN card and an Internet connection.

After several unsuccessful attempts with Red Hat 7.0, I finally installed Mandrake 8.2.

During Installation, when I came to the part "Upgrade system", Mandrake ACTUALLY detected my Card, and it even CONNECTED to the Internet. I was ecstatic!!

But then when I started Gnome and tried to connect to the Internet, it just wouldn't connect. I went to the Control Center>Network and Internet Tab>Connection, and it wouldn't detect the card.

When I ran the wizard, I'd get a message saying (I vaguely remember)

Unable to load XXXXXXXX in XXXXX, error at line 589.

Uhm... If anyone can shed some light on this, kudos to you. If you guys need me to get the error message, I'll do so. I'm just a little disappointed.

Awaiting a reply,
Frog.
 
Old 06-15-2002, 02:29 AM   #2
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How are you trying to connect? You just open a browser and type an address? Do you have DSL or Cable or what?

Also, what card do you have?
 
Old 06-15-2002, 02:34 AM   #3
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Sorry! I should've mentioned. I'm connecting as part of a neighborhood LAN. (Yes, literally, neighborhood)

I just open up the browser and type http://www.linuxquestions.org. For some reason, from your question, I assume that's the incorrect method?

The card is: Compex ReadyLink Express 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter.
 
Old 06-15-2002, 02:47 AM   #4
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Sorry, I didn't mean to make my question sound misleading, that is exactly what I do to.

Anyway, try opening an xterm and pinging something, anything.

I would also switch to Console mode and try out Lynx if you have it installed. If you don't know what Lynx is, it's a browser made just for a command line interface. To switch type CTRL + ALT + F2 (or F1-F6, I just picked a number at random). Then to switch back (usually) to your X session you would type CTRL + ALT + F7 (yes it does have to be F7, unless you have customized your system, in which case you probably are beyond this little how to). Then after you log in, type 'lynx' Then I believe it's SHIFT + G to type an address. See what happens.
 
Old 06-15-2002, 02:57 AM   #5
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Alright. Thanks for responding. I'll try that and get back.
 
Old 06-15-2002, 03:14 AM   #6
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Ok, Cool. Hopefully it works. If not I have a few more ideas...
During the mandrake install, during the network part, did it detect your card correctly? And did you setup the IP and everything else correctly?
Also, I was reading a bit on RH's site (since Mandy is based off of RH I figured it may apply) and it says you need winbond.o module for your card. So I went to winbond's website and found this page where you can get drivers. I have never used drivers before, because when I recompile my kernel i include module support for my ethernet card. You may have to do this if it's not working. You can type lsmod to display which modules are loaded. Also during boot up, does it tell you whether or not your network was [OK] or [FAILED]? Cool
 
Old 06-20-2002, 08:46 AM   #7
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I worked exhaustively in linuxconf and tried everything here and several different combinations... aaargh!!!

Then I reinstalled Mandrake. Once again, during installation, it contacted the server and downloaded updates for mandrake.

Here's what I observed: The first time I ran Mandrake after installation, my LAN card shows the orange light blinking intermittently. This means that an internet connection is present. But I cannot use the browser or whatever.

If I make any changes in the Control Center to the networking/internet section, it stops, no more orange light.

Is this of any significance? Is there any other way??? I'd really like to get started on the internet with Linux, otherwise how else can I start learning??

Am I being punished for being a former Microsoft Flunkie??
 
Old 06-20-2002, 01:20 PM   #8
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You could always buy another card...I got mine at a computer show for 3.95 (no brand just some crap some dude had) and it works great 10/100, mandrake detected and everything.
 
Old 06-21-2002, 06:40 AM   #9
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ehm.....hmm...
 
Old 06-21-2002, 07:01 AM   #10
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Hi

Have you done a search on here yet? I was recently reading something about a prog called netconfig. That may be able to fix your problem. Do you have a static IP or Dynamic?
 
Old 06-21-2002, 07:29 AM   #11
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what is reported by ifconfig?

enter the following into a term

su -C ifconfig
<enter root password>
 
  


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