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ok, my totaly newbieness says that my new linux install looks great, especially with x-window. but i've encountered several problems:
my graphics, which i had trouble with to start, still has some problems. i dont get any color on some graphics applications, like screensavers, and some 3d screensavers don't work at all
also, i need to connect to the internet. i hate rebooting my computer every time i need help. i have a linksys ethernet card i use to hook up to the school. hee-elp
btw, thanks a lot for helping me, guys.. that fat32 partition sharing worked well!
I think Redhat 7.0 still included the graphical configuration tool "linuxconf" (and netconf, the associated front-end to linuxconf's network settings). Here's a little something I get the joy of posting every couple of weeks, it might help a bit:
Most distros come with the configuration tool "linuxconf", which gives you a graphical environment in which you can enter all of your networking info (run it as root). The ins and outs of setting up NICs have been covered here often, so if you run into problems, you might try the Forum Search. Here are some basic, generic pointers to start with, I hope they help:
1. Check the screen output at bootup. If the NIC is being properly initialized, you should see a line that says: "Bringing up eth0- O.K." If you see "failed" or "delaying" instead, you've got problems (see #3).
2. Assuming the NIC comes up, you can do the configuration with the graphical configuration tools linuxconf or netconf. Click on Basic host information->Adaptor 1. From there, select eth0 as the device, choose your cards module from the drop-down list of kernel modules, and enable the device. Then either choose DHCP (if you're using it), or enter your IP information manually. After that, fill in your DNS and gateway/routing info under the appropriate sections.
3. If you get a failure on bootup, you may have a resource conflict with another device. Try turning off Plug-N-Play support in your BIOS, it can cause conflicts with some cards.
4. Log in as root, go to the command line or terminal window, and type "cat /proc/pci" (or "lspci") and verify that your NIC is being recognized. Type "cat /proc/interrupts" and make sure your NIC's IRQ isn't conflicting with another device. Type "cat /proc/ioports" and check the address ranges for conflicts. If you have resource conflicts, you can try rearranging the slot order of your PCI cards.
5. You can also verify the IRQ/address info by typing "ifconfig". There should be stats for the loopback device (lo) and eth0.
6. If the module isn't loading, try to load it manually by typing "insmod <your_module's_name>" or "modprobe <your_module's_name>". After that, type "lsmod" to list all loaded modules; yours should show up there.
7. You can then manually configure the NIC by typing "ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx up", where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is your IP address.