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Has anybody tried Ubuntu yet? I just downloaded/installed it 3 days ago and absolutely love it! I'm a complete noob, but it wasn't hard at all. Extremely user-friendly. Take a look at it...they have a Live CD as well
The first thing to do is check and make sure your ethernet card is connected. Open a terminal and type "ifconfig -a" (try "/sbin/ifconfig -a" if you get a command not found error). You should see two interfaces, lo (the loopback interface) and eth0, the first ethernet interface. If you do, you're 99% of the way there since your card has been detected OK.
Next you need to configure your network. If your Windows box is running Internet Connection Sharing, it should be running a DHCP server which will provide clients with network info automatically. You dhould be able to type "dhclient eth0" or "dhcpcd eth0" (try both) to obtain an IP address for your computer. Otherwise, you can use ifconfig to assign yourself an IP address as follows:
ifconfig eth0 <address>up
If you need to do that, you'll also have to set your Windows computer up as the default gateway with:
btmiller done as you said and according to you i'm now 99% of the way there, my card as been detected ok.
Now the next bit you wrote as me a little confused my windows box as you call it,is running internet connection sharing,but i'm not sure where i type dhclient eth0 is it in the open terminal like i did on the first part or somewhere else, I tried it in the open terminal dhclient eth0 gave bad command and when i tried dhcpcd eth0 it froze my machine.
Can you break it down a little more for me please if your right and i'm 99% there someone give me 1% PLEASE
I had the same problems when I used DSL earlier on.
Actually, the problem is this -
When you want a straightforward system that sets it all up for you, it requires some pretty heavy resources. Slackware - and it's spin-off, VectorLinux - and Gentoo are probably the distributions best suited for bringing dated HW to life (I use Vector for my 600MHz, 32 MB RAM laptop. It is my best recommendation). But they are not... too easy to work with. They may require a helping hand. Everyone can install Slackware by choosing the "install everything" option, but that isn't optimizing, y'know?
If you want to do this after using Mandrake, SuSE, Ubuntu, FC3 or something like that (okay, the last 2 require som post-install tweaking, but it's heavily documented), you are probably not totally equipped to handle such a situation.
It should be noted that for a system as the one you describe, a KDE- or Gnome-based desktop isn't a good idea. They require a bit more RAM to play with.
Ok i'll post ifconfig -a output in a while,just got in from work,i'm interested in the fact that OSourceDiplomat reccomends vector linux i downloaded this and could not get it to run,Thanks for the replies though and i'll just get something to eat then post the ifconfig output .if anyone could tell me how to get vector linux working i'd be grateful as this as been mention that it should suit my system.