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Old 01-07-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Networking between Fedora 8 and Widows XP SP3


I recently installed Linux Fedora 8 on my desktop machine.
The installation went through fine. I'm able to login to the machine no problem there, however I have a Windows Laptop as well running on Windows XP SP3. I'm currently trying to network the two machines with no success. here is what I have tried so far:
I assigned the following Addresses to my Linux box:
Gateway-- Ip address.
Here's the addresses for the Windows Machine "was getting addresses via DHCP before”:

When I try to ping the Linux box from the Laptop, it is unable to find the host the same happens with the default gateway as well, I'm also unable to ping from the Linux box to the Windows Laptop.
The Laptop however is able to ping other addresses as well as URL's.
I tried connecting the two directly to see if I'm able to get a response, to check whether or not the router is blocking it...
and it still returns the same message.
I even tried to assign the two machines as each others default gateway just as a test and still no joy.
However on the Linux box when I ping "" it replies which indicates that the Lan card should be working.
At this point I'm all out of ideas.
Please let me know if there is anything I'm missing or didn't do.

Old 01-07-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Things to check. Have a look at the lights on each card. Most have a green light to show when they are connected. Your router probably also has lights to show connectivity. Are all the lights on? If not, that is a good place to start.

Next, can one machine get to the internet? If yes, take any other ethernet cables, swap one at a time and verify you do not have bad cables. Simple things first.

If all is O.K. so far, then run some commands on your linux system, and post the results.

Run '/sbin/ifconfig' This will show your interfaces, and some useful information about them.

Run 'netstat -r' and post the results. This will show the routing table in linux. Your gateway should show up. All commands without the quotes.

Your ping of is the local loopback interface, and does not verify your card is O.K. That runs internally in the TCP/IP stack. Try a ping of that should work also.

Only other thing, I'm not sure of. You are using 10.x.y.z addresses. These are private class A addresses. Usually a mask of is used. I think it will not cause a problem, but not sure. If all else fails, try changing to addresses of 192.168.x.y and a mask of The x should be the same on all systems. Y is different by machine. Your router needs to support NAT, most do, if you have at least one system that can reach outside the 10.0.0. subnet, then you do not need to worry about this.

Post back what you find.


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