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Old 09-16-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
jimroach
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newbie cannot get on-line!


I recently purchased 'Linux for Non-Geeks' to try to learn Linux, and the book comes with 2 CD's. I loaded it in a dual-boot set up, mainly because I am really used to Windows, and because of all the files, programs, etc I use.

The problem I am currently having (that the book isn't set up to help me with) is that I cannot get on-line with the Fedora. I am using a Dell Inspiron E1705, Go through a DHCP server (with and ethernet connection) located at my companies headquarters(due to my current job location).

SOme of the things I have tried: I did ipconfig /all and got the ip address of my DHCP and DNS server, and tried to input through the Main Menu>System Settings>Network. While it seems to see my NIC, it says it is inactive.

I also went to linuxquestions(dot)org and saw that I could download the latest fedora 6 but was unsure If I should do that because it wanted to save it to my desktop(I was of course in my XP os at the time).

Now a friend has PCLinuxOS, which I had originally downloaded, but since the book was based on Fedora, I thought it best to go with that. I was able to get on-line with PCLinuxOS(not wirelessly though, but that is another story).

I know this is a long post, but I wanted to be as thourough as I could to see if any one had any suggestions.

(disclaimer: I have not gone through the FAQ's yet, but wanted to get this out there before I went to the FAQ's).
 
Old 09-16-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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Which motherboard (NIC in particular)? It's very likelyl that your version of Fedora doesn't include a driver. If you can determine manufacturer and type, you should be able to download and install it yourself.

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Old 09-16-2007, 08:53 PM   #3
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Hmm, is this the book you are referring to?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846


It appears to have Fedora Core 1. That is oooold - well, at least for Fedora, which receives an upgrade every six months or so. It only makes it more likely that it doesn't have a driver for your NIC while PCLinux (far more recent) does. I see multiple options:

- you can search for a driver
- you can get a more recent release (Fedora is now at number 7 - but it has come quite a way since number 1 so the book in question may be a bit outdated in certain spots)
- set up a VMwareplayer on XP to install Fedora; VM uses some very generic NIC emulators so these should be fairly failsafe.
 
Old 09-16-2007, 10:59 PM   #4
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Jay73; thanks for the response, yeppers you got the book right...See that just goes to show, just like the one link I saw someone send another newbie to, Linux is not Windows....I will just keep trying.

I did download the driver to my thumbdrive, however I cannot see my usb ports when I boot to fedora, so I think at this point it would just be best to download fedora 7 and replace the core.
 
Old 09-17-2007, 05:44 AM   #5
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I did download the driver to my thumbdrive, however I cannot see my usb ports when I boot to fedora, so I think at this point it would just be best to download fedora 7 and replace the core.
That certainly sounds like the best idea. Download the Fedora ISO, burn it to a disk as an image. Fedora was one of the first distros I got to work at near 100%, with my TVcard being the only hangup. Although I now prefer Debian based distros, I still like Fedora.

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