A vfat (fat32) partition is real handy for passing info to Windows as Linux can safely write to that particular Windows file system. Then you could write a text file to that partition, then command unix2dos /path/to/<filename>
to convert to the Microsoft format (it uses an extra carriage return with the linefeed), then you could pass info back and forth between the uncooperative OS and Linux.
OK, this identifies your ethernet card:
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet Controller (rev 03)
In order to administer your box, you must be root, so use this command for full root access:
(note the dash)
I am on DSL as well, so It still sounds as if your /etc/hosts file (or whever Mandrake may put it) isn't correct for the loopback device.
Can you read these?:
Make sure the loopback is identified correctly, i.e. this part:
# Duron tinwhistle /etc/hosts file
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail.
127.0.0.1 tinwhistle localhost localhost.localdomain
If not, try creating the file, changing to fit your box.
Also, make sure that the module (linux google should give some hints for your particular kernel module) for your eth0 is loaded:
Sun Jan 30 11:54 AM root@tinwhistle ~ # lsmod
8139too 16392 1
mii 3992 0 [8139too]
sis900 15372 1
Any error messages using these commands as root?
Basic system administration
To change to the full root account (system administrator), if you are running X, open an x terminal and use these commands from your user account. Note the change in the prompt. You can do the same from a virtual terminal as well, but you can't open an x terminal to do so.
[fancy@tinwhistle fancy]$ su -
Password: <give root password and press enter>
Remember, now whatever you command in root (it's the "god" mode. You can bless or destroy at your whim) usually gets done if enough system is left to carry out the command.
Sit on your hands and read the commands you type at least 3 times before pressing the enter key when in root.