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Let me start with I'm a NEWBIE and I'm jumping in with both feet and most definitely way over my head. Please forgive me if this should be somewhere else but I figured this is the best place to start.
I had a FC4 server running for about a month with absolutely no problems. It was simply my router/firewall for my home network (3 Windows XP home desktops and 1 XP pro laptop), until I went on vacation. When I returned I powered my house back up and discovered my video card had burned up on my server. I replaced said card and now for some unknown reason my WAN NIC (eth0) card wonít get and IP address from my cable modem. Both cards work. I have since configured back to a windows network, online school requirements, and the router will let either card establish a network connection via my linksys router (BEFSR41 v2). However if I connect eth0 to my cable modem I get the following error Ė eth0 not ready. aborting and eth1 is setup as static so I can keep my network hidden for the casual observer. Because of my minimal understanding I didnít want to arbitrarily change my NIC configurations because I knew it did work at one point in time. I don't want the linsys router in my network it is the bane of my connectivity issues on a MS stable network.
All that said I am about finished with my online school courses and can afford to take my network down within the next week. I plan on installing a wireless NIC card (linksys WMP300N) so I can add wireless functionality.
I have researched until Iím blue in the face and canít determine where to go from here. Since I am having the problems Iím having I figured I would throw out the other question of is there a better distro for a NEWBIE to use. I thought I might upgrade to FC6 most of what I have read seems to be positive. And the reviews have said that it is great at hardware recognition. Iím not really trying to get into this distro is better than that just your guys Linux educated opinion/recommendations. I really want to learn Linux Iím self taught Windows and Iím pretty capable but I want to run Linux as my primary system once Iím more familiar with it.
Again thanks for your suggestions, recommendations and general kicks in the pants to go the right direction.
If you trust the NIC then I would look at the cable modem. I have to say that I wouldn't completely trust any component in a system once one has blown - others may be at least slightly damaged by the surge, and unreliable, even though they appear to work.
As you've implied, "which distribution" is a personal preference, and many people go through several before they settle on one. They all have the same basic applications, and for a personal server any current distro will work. I like Ubuntu and Debian Etch, and the Ubuntu community is great if you need help, but YMMV. For business servers you need to use a distro with a long support cycle etc., and that narrows down the field a lot more.
Roger understand could have bad hardware from the burn, but would like to know if there is some config that I'm not sure how to execute to make the NIC get an IP address from my modem. I can't find anything that helps.
Lots of things I have seen address IPv6 vs IPv4 and I checked those and it is using IPv4.
Another question is if I go with a clean install of a server veersion Debian or Cent will it configure the network for me or do I need to manually configure it.