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Old 05-07-2006, 08:53 PM   #1
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How did eth0 get usurped by Firewire?

OK- I finally got my network configuration up and running. My network failed with this error:

eth0:unknown hardware address type 24

Then there were several DHCP failures, with what look like several tries, then it gave up.

There was also a reference in one of the log files to "eth0" and "ethernet over firewire".

The way I fixed it (finally!) was to use dpkg-reconfigure etherconf. This detected eth0 (which used to be my NIC), and then detected eth1, which I never used to have. Turns out, eth1 is now my NIC, and I am GUESSING that, for some odd reason, Debian Linux Firewire decided to usurp my eth0, which I now have disabled.

There are a bunch of posts here (I've been looking all day;-) that seem to be from people with similar problems, but no one posted a solution. Does anyone know what's going on here? And, if you are one of those with this kind of problem, maybe this will help.

Old 05-07-2006, 09:44 PM   #2
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Let me guess, you installed etch using the net install cd? I had the same problem. I searched and searched and there does not seem to be a solution. It's a known bug. For some reason my wireless worked fine on the install but after reboot it was hosed. The problem is detailed here:
If someone finds a solution please post! I tried messing with /etc/network/interfaces like they suggest but nothing worked. I ended up putting on a different distro.
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Funny thing is, I ran for a long time before it happened. I've been out of town for several weeks, and I'm trying to remember what the last thing is I did before shutting down my system and leaving, but don't remember anything unusual, like an upgrade or anything.

As I said, I worked around it by using dpkg-reconfigure etherconf. I just don't have eth0, only eth1. At least it automatically starts (well, at least I think it does) and I have my network.

Anyway, hope this helps someone who may still be having this problem.


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