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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.
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
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??