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Old 05-29-2006, 05:32 AM   #1
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Wink Linux virgin needs help connecting to internet.


Hallo Happy People,
I am dual booting with XP Pro and SuSe 10.1 64 bit. I cannot connect to the internet at all in SuSe,
I am at a loss on what to do next. I know next to nothing about Linux but am very interested in giving it a good try. I find the philosophy behind open source to be altruistic and a lot better than the one Redmond has.(Screw them for all we can get out of them) I have had a look around the system and know what YaSt can do and what the command is for, although I know Jack Squat about what command line to enter for any specific task. What I think I need is a talk though on configuring the DCHP, is that what is needed to get connected? For information, I have a pimped up homebrew system with an Opteron 144 CPU, 1GB 3200 PC400 memory, 250GB HDD and a socket 939 mobo. If any one can help I will be rather grateful. Be gentle with me, it's my first time.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 06:16 AM   #2
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It would be helpful if you told us how you usually connect to the internet!
Here's hoping you connect via a DSL modem with an ethernet connection, and that you have already set this up to work with another operating system. You could try this.....
Open a terminal (Usually looks like a TV screen thingy on your panel / "taskbar"). You'll need to type some commands into it.
Become root:
su root
Give your root password.
Bring down whatever you may have set up for your ethernet interface (usually eth0, and that's a ZERO not an Oh!):
ifdown eth0
Start up a DHCP client to get a local IP address from your modem and get connected:
dhclient eth0
Exit from being root:
exit

Open a browser and off you go.

You might find the Search button on these boards useful for answering this sort of question.

HTH & have fun.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 07:50 AM   #3
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Thanks, but the Terminal will notlet me enter my root password, nothing comes up on the screen, it will not recognise any keyboard input. Please advise.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 08:01 AM   #4
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You need to click somewhere in the terminal window to "Bring it into focus", then you can type into it.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 08:19 AM   #5
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I have left clicked, right clicked and double cliced to no avail. There is no keyboard input on the enter password prompt. Please advise.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 08:43 AM   #6
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When you start the terminal, what do you see? You should see a window with a black screen, a prompt ending in $, and a cursor.
Can you type the letters su root (and then press RETURN key)?
It will ask for your root password. When you type this you will not see anything. This is normal, you root password is supposed to be kept secret. Then, after you have typed the password, press the RETURN key.
then enter the commands as above.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 08:48 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tredegar
When you type this you will not see anything. This is normal, you root password is supposed to be kept secret.
This is correct.

Let me add that you can also type su instead of su root. The su alone should work fine.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 09:07 AM   #8
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Hello Again PPL, I have done as you said and get the messages, no dhcp offers recieved, no working leases in persistent database - sleeping Does this mean anything to Y'all? Any ideas on how to connect?
 
Old 05-29-2006, 09:14 AM   #9
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What is the nature of your connection? How it works under Windows?
 
Old 05-29-2006, 10:14 AM   #10
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I have a broadband cable DSL connection with Telewest.I access it with Firefox.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 10:28 AM   #11
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Unfortunately, it is not enough. Where is the PPPoE thing done? In the modem or does Windows it? Is it PPPoE at all? Maybe it is PPPoA or PPTP?
 
Old 05-29-2006, 10:51 AM   #12
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I have no idea what you are talking about at all. I do not understand what PPPoE is at all. Could you clarify please? As I said I am a complete virgin at Linux.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 11:32 AM   #13
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Hey Timoshenko, setting up an Internet connection generally has little to do with Linux and more with how you are connecting. I think it would be best if you stated specifically what your setup is and what you are specifically trying to do. By mentioning you wanted to figure out how to configure DCHP, you may have started in a direction that you did not intend.

Stating your computer specs is good, but we also need to know about the Internet connection you plan to use. For example if you have a DSL or cable modem connected to your computer via an Ethernet cable and you just want to get online, please say so. Then state what you did specifically so far to set things up. We can then understand where you are compared to where you wanted to go.


Edit: correct grammar

Last edited by Cogar; 05-29-2006 at 11:46 AM.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 11:55 AM   #14
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Hi Cogar, I have a DSL cable modem running into a gigabit ethernet connection.I want to get online but Konquerer and Firefox are dead. All I have done is to set up DSL with the onboard wizard. I hope this helps.

Last edited by Timoshenko; 05-29-2006 at 11:56 AM.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 12:11 PM   #15
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This is really impossible to guess from here what you have there. You may have a DSL modem in bridge mode. If this is the case I recommend to set it into router mode. This makes connecting much easier.
 
  


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