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Old 08-22-2003, 05:20 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 and Cable Internet...

Hi guys.

I FINALLY got my Mandrake 9.1 distro to install, and It works WONDERFULLY. IU missed Linux so much! And the new Kernal, Distros, and KDE rock my socks. Now all I need is the internet.

I am using comcast Cable internet. I am pretty sure it is shared on my Winxp part, and I read somewhere that was needed. Okay.

My problem, or, actually just some questions. Okay.

It detects my winmodem. The one I don't use at all. I swith that to cable in the "network and internet" control. But, it still always says "connection type: LAN" Now, I need this to be detected like this, right? Since my cable modem uses my ethernet card? And, that basically makes it a lan?

So, I type in my ip address, my gateway, and all that stuff, and it still does not connect.

Specs: Motorola Surfboard modem
2.26 mhz
5700 megs for linux, 500 of which are swap
Mandrake 9.1
Running KDE that came with the ISO's

Everything else works fine, except for the internet thing. What should I do?

And how do I find the host name?
Old 08-22-2003, 08:41 AM   #2
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Yes, LAN is the correct setting for a cablemodem (which is essentially a LAN).

As for the info you enter, are you certain this is correct? I only ask because my cable ISP uses DHCP to distribute that info (and as such, if I enter it verbatim, it will not work).

Another question, how are you setting this up? If I recall the Mandrake Control Center should have a wizard to detect this easy (unless your actual ethernet IC isn't being found, in which case you have a different problem)
Old 08-22-2003, 06:15 PM   #3
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It finds it all fine.

And yes, I am now using DHCP, actually, dhcpd.

It still does not want to work.

How do I find my hostname?
Old 08-23-2003, 12:38 AM   #4
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[root@we broken]# cat /etc/modules.conf
probeall scsi_hostadapter ide-scsi
alias eth0 8139too

alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio
probeall usb-interface usb-uhci ehci-hcd
alias ieee1394-controller ohci1394
that is what cat/etc/modules.conf outputs

ifconfig -a
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:10C:604:27

RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100

RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Base address:0x6000
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:346 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:346 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:60051 (58.6 Kb) TX bytes:60051 (58.6 Kb)
is what ifconfig -a puts out... It changed because I edited some of the stuff outlined in the DHCP Mini-How-to that came with the Mandrake 9.1 distro...

Specifically, I edited:


It didn't really SEEM to help any, but are the TX and RX packets actual data packets sent on a network? they are extremely small...
Old 08-23-2003, 04:58 PM   #5
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I went a whole week trying to get a winmodem configured in Mandrake 9 (it finally worked!). By the time I got Mandrake 9.1, I was on DSL and wondering what kind of prbs I would encounter trying to get that setup. It was the easiest thing I ever saw. I used the Mandy connection wizard, entered a username/password, and told it to connect during boot and BAM! I had the internet. I am fairly inexperienced with Linux so I am just glad it works, but I do find it odd that I didn't need to enter any more information than I did. How the hell does it know where to connect?? Anyway the point is, maybe just try that and leave the rest of the info out as I did.

I'm downloading Red Hat 9 now. Hopefully it will be as easy as Mandrake! I just bought the RedHat 9 Bible and I'm anxious to actually learn what I am doing :-)


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