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Old 06-06-2008, 08:35 PM   #1
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Question need to configure my internet access (i have a cablemodem connected directly)


Hi forum!

Please let me introduce myself, I promise I will be brief.

I'm very excited posting here because these are my first steps -actually baby steps- in Linux and Slackware in particular.
I'm new to Linux and because I'm at my neck of Window$ I'm desperatelly looking for a friendly distro to rely my everyday home use - lol xD, I know Slackware's not the best thing for rookies but from what I learnt reading A LOT on the web and magazines I know it's one of the best distros out there with it's own tradition.

I used Ubuntu 7 and Hardy a little and while waiting for final release of OpenSUSE 11 I tryied every single distro I found at DistroWatch.com.

Finally I narrowed my selection to two categories: 1. the distros that just works fine on my system, 2. the distros I feel more comfortable working with.

Sadly -or may be not- lot of distros I actually liked didn't worked well and others worked very well but I don't like'em - on the other side Slackware installed easyly in a brief. Ok, on first launch I was a little intimidated by the text installer but it is indeed an excellent self-explanatory installer and everything runs smooth.

Of course the command line prompt is not the friendler interface but I would like to stick to Slackware... I think I fell in love with it xDD
I learn in this forum about a GNOME build specifically made to Slackware 12.1 that I will try once I have internet running.

And that's exactly about my question.

When I installed Slackware I was given the option to configure my internet access so I named the interface "flash" (like the ISP name) and tell Slackware automatically get IP via DHCP. I must do something wrong because I have no access at all when running Slackware.

I launched the XCFE environment that comes by default, launch Firefox... and it can't connect to the net.

Is there any special command to tell Slackware autodetect and configure my cablemodem internet access? The modem is connected directly to the network built-in card.
 
Old 06-06-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ & Slackware!

You can run 'netconfig' to configure your system. How are you connecting to the inet? If wired then you are probably using ethn (eth0/eth1). Once you run the 'netconfig' be sure to '/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart'. You can edit the '/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf' if that's the way you want to go. If you do a search on LQ you will get loads of hits on the subject of setup for 'netconfig'.

I would suggest that you look at the '/slackbook' on your install media. The 'SlackwareŽ Essentials' book is also available online.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 06-06-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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You should run `netconfig` as root to attempt to set up the internet. If you can't get it working, you could edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf -- but you'd have to know what to edit. If a simple `netconfig` doesn't do it (as a side note, I always use localdomain for my domain name, if that makes a difference), post your entire rc.inet1.conf file (surround your file output with [_CODE] and [_/CODE] tags without the _ to make it easier to read). Also post the output of `lspci -vv`, `lsmod`, `ifconfig -a` and `route -n` as root (again use the CODE tags for each). You should probably also post your /etc/resolv.conf file. The first test to see if your LAN is working is to ping your router. Issuing `ping ip.of.your.router` (where ip.of.your.router is something like 192.168.0.1 or something similar) should show that you received packets. If you did, then your LAN is up and running at least. If not, you have a little more work to do.
 
Old 06-06-2008, 09:54 PM   #4
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If netconfig doesn't work you will probably want to check that the correct module is loaded for your network card.

lsmod will list modules
lspci to find out what your network card is

Post back here with the relevant details and we can hopefully help further.
 
Old 06-06-2008, 10:02 PM   #5
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WOW, sweet!! you all rules =)

Thank you very very much for your kind and fast answers, I will try that right now.

This forum have an incredible wealth of Slackware Linux information, I love it.

And, strangely, the very first post I read here was "So you wanna be...", so thanks for that onebuck, I used to love the Q4G series xDDD
Well, really, tnx for your technical help in fact, I was joking you know

Without any more nosense chit-chat, I'm going to dirt my hands right now!


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Old 06-06-2008, 10:53 PM   #6
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I'm using a wired connection (eth0/eth1)

I launched 'netconfig' and found myself lost while configuring the internet access:

First screen: Enter Hostname - what should I put here???
Second " : Now we need the domain name [...] such as: example.org [...] - again, what??? :P
Third " : DHCP - ok, this was easy!
Fourth " : Some network providers [...]like CC-NUMBER-A [...] - one more time, what?!

I need help here 'cause I'm really lost, other distros detect and configure wired connection by themselves so I have no idea about what to do here.

Thanks!
 
Old 06-06-2008, 11:01 PM   #7
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Quote:
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First screen: Enter Hostname - what should I put here???
Anything you want (no spaces, I would assume, but I'm not positive). Think of this as your PC name.
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Second " : Now we need the domain name [...] such as: example.org [...] - again, what??? :P
I always just use localdomain.
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Fourth " : Some network providers [...]like CC-NUMBER-A [...] - one more time, what?!
You can normally leave this blank unless your ISP is very strange. If you have never used this in the past, then you probably don't need to set a value. But I could be wrong.
 
Old 06-07-2008, 02:50 PM   #8
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I need help here 'cause I'm really lost, other distros detect and configure wired connection by themselves so I have no idea about what to do here.

Thanks!
You could use the referenced 'slackbook' to aid you in configuring your network. This reference is simple enough if you read the sections relative to your needs. Since you are wanting to configure your network then the '5.1 Introduction: netconfig is your friend' section would be a good start.

You need to do some work on your part to get a better understanding of what to do.
 
Old 06-07-2008, 08:01 PM   #9
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Trivial info: Default host name for Slackware is DarkStar. You can use whatever you like of course, but Dark Star was IMO one of John Carpenter's best films, and I imagine Pat V. liked it too. (I assume that's where he got the name from.) Well worth a watch if you can find it nowadays. It was originally shot in 16mm and the effects were basic but then we're talking low budget for 1974. Hilarious though for all that.
 
  


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