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Old 08-06-2006, 01:07 AM   #1
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Problem Connecting to the Internet in Windows (Dual Boot)

I created a 30GB partition for Windows and everything went fine and the internet was working but, after I tried to put Linux on the rest of the hard drive and dual boot I have had problems with getting on the internet while in Windows, though I do not have any other problems.

When I type "ipconfig" in command prompt I get:

Media State...........: Media disconnected
My "fdisk /dev/sda":

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        3916    31455238+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            3917        3929      104422+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3            3930        4187     2072385   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4            4188       24321   161726355   83  Linux
My "grub.conf":

default 0
timeout 15

root (hd0,1)
kernel /kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.15-gentoo-r5 root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc ramd$initrd /initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.15-gentoo-r5

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
Old 08-06-2006, 01:36 AM   #2
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How have you been trying to get on the internet?
Which particular "difficulty" have you been having?

(And: Why do you care - it's only windows? )

I'm guessing you are trying to connect via a network?
ifconfig will provide more info about the ethernet card ... however, as a windows problem, you really need to be looking at the windows configuration.

The ipconfig error would seem to suggest that you cannot connect via linux either ... it means the cable is not plugged in.
Old 08-06-2006, 02:00 AM   #3
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I care because I need a working internet connection in Windows so that I can play some of my games, though the issue is not gaming related so I did not post it in the gaming forum.

I'm sure that the problem is caused by the dual boot because I have tried this twice, as in I formatted my hard drive, and set up Windows and Linux twice in the same way and the problem only occured after I tried to dual boot. I post my problem here because I thought the error might be in my grub.conf or something that I have done.

If hit helps here is what I get with "ifconfig":
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:D8:51:64:37
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:1845 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1809 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:1695427 (1.6 Mb)  TX bytes:346370 (338.2 Kb)
          Interrupt:20 Memory:f9c00000-0

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:194 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:194 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:9700 (9.4 Kb)  TX bytes:9700 (9.4 Kb)
Old 08-06-2006, 03:31 AM   #4
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I post my problem here because I thought the error might be in my grub.conf or something that I have done.
Oh I quite understand. The post seems to be in the right place, don't worry. I hope I have not given the impression I was critical on this point.

The first two questions were more important.

1. How have you been trying to get on the internet?
2. Which particular "difficulty" have you been having?

1. I am assuming that you are sharing an xDSL connection via a LAN ... presumably via DHCP? If that ipconfig error is under windows (you don't say) then you need to check the physical connection to your network (are you plugged in? Is the wire OK?) and try "ipconfig /renew" (Did you check that link I provided?)

2. I am assuming "difficulty" means you are unable to connect at all under windows... do you get an error at all?

I see from ifconfig under linux that, as suspected, the ethernet card is fine. It is eth1 instead of eth0 ... what is eth0?

Of course, "assume" is a problem... I try not to assume as I usually end up making an ass out of u and me. So please please answer the questions. Thank you.
Old 08-06-2006, 04:02 AM   #5
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Sir Simon is right... The Media Disconnected clearly shows that their is some problem with the wire or the ethernet card...
Have u 'ping' the ip address given to u by ur ISP or whatever...why dont u try to change the wire or ur ipaddress
what is ur gateway... if ur gateway is then ur ip must be in ( - range..
but perhaps u already know that...
still try these small changes...
and let us know...
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