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Old 04-14-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
jmsa007
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New to Linux - Please Help


Hello everyone. OK so this is what brings me here:

I'm currently pursuing a CCNA certification. I need to use a so called "Eagle Server" to do my lab exercises. I have the Linux Live CD (FEDORA CORE 3 KERNEL 2.6.12) and I have installed it on a laptop that I have (TOSHIBA EQUIUM M50-164, PSM57E). This laptop had Windows XP installed, so I created a 4GB FAT partition and booted with the Live CD. I chose the option installonFAT, then after rebooting (with CD in the tray) I chose runondisk.

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/9025/eagleserver.jpg

Ok, here is my 1st problem: I need the CD in the tray every time I want to run Linux. Without the CD, it boots to Windows XP. Also, according to Eagle Server documentation, any modification to the server is available even after reboot. Well, that is not happening to me. Does someone have a clue why the server doesn't save the modifications? Is it because I need the Live CD to boot, even after I have installed on a FAT partition?

Another problem I have:

I need to connect the Eagle Server to a router using the Fast Ethernet LAN port:

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/7...gleserver2.jpg

Eagle server supports only 1 network interface card, eth0. When I first run the server it showed me that the hardware mapped to eth0 was my wireless adapter. There is no option to disable it in my BIOS, so I just removed the hardware myself. After rebooting it show eth1394 on eth0. I presume that is the FireWire Adapter.

What can I do so that eth0 is mapped to my LAN adapter (Marvell Yukon 88E8036 PCI-E Fast Ethernet)?

Is there a way do disable FireWire?

Please remember that due to 1st problem above, any changes to the server are not available after reboot

So the main problem is that I can't ping from Eagle Server to the router and vice-versa

If I could get any help on this, I would be greatly appreciated. Please note I'm a beginner in using Linux.

Thank you for your time.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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For anyone else that's interested the documentation is here.
http://www.cisco.com/asiapac/academy...gle_Server.pdf

1) If one method doesn't work then try another. In this case you can try the VMWare installation under XP.

2) You may be able to disable the 1394 interface using the BIOS CMOS settings.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 09:22 AM   #3
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For anyone else that's interested the documentation is here.
http://www.cisco.com/asiapac/academy...gle_Server.pdf

1) If one method doesn't work then try another. In this case you can try the VMWare installation under XP.

2) You may be able to disable the 1394 interface using the BIOS CMOS settings.
Thx for your reply.

VMWare is not an option for me due to memory limitations on my system. My BIOS doesn't have an option to disable 1394 interface either.

However I got things working by disabling eth1394 with rmmod command and then installing the linux driver found in the toshiba website. modprobe sk98lin

Server can't still keep changes after reboot so I have do everything over again everytime it is rebooted.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 09:56 AM   #4
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This laptop had Windows XP installed, so I created a 4GB FAT partition and booted with the Live CD. I chose the option installonFAT, then after rebooting (with CD in the tray) I chose runondisk.
That was a poor choice. Best to start over, rather than struggle with whatever mess you made.

You should delete that FAT partition and then install Linux, telling the installer to use the unpartitioned space to create its own partitions. ext3 is a good filesystem for Linux. There are also several other good choices. FAT is not a good choice.

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Ok, here is my 1st problem: I need the CD in the tray every time I want to run Linux. Without the CD, it boots to Windows XP. Also, according to Eagle Server documentation, any modification to the server is available even after reboot.
That means you are booting into the liveCD mode of the CD, not booting into the copy of Linux you installed on the hard drive.

When you install Linux, that should include installing some kind of boot manager that lets you select between XP and Linux each time you boot. I expect you elected not to install that boot manager when that was suggested by the install program.

If you do install that boot manager, you will need to use fixmbr or some similar program in Windows immediately before deinstalling Linux (if you ever decide to do deinstall Linux). Otherwise the laptop hard disk will be unbootable after deinstalling Linux and need to be repaired from a bootable CD. So you might find it safer to configure the XP boot system to offer a choice to chainload Linux, rather than install the MBR portion of the Linux boot manager. That option is a little trickier and you'll need to dig a bit more to find online instructions.

I have no idea on your network problems, other than they should be a lot easier to solve after you are running on a correctly installed copy of Linux on your hard drive.

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