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Old 11-06-2003, 01:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy SuSE 8.2 network install, cannot connect to ftp server

Dell Inspiron 7500, 600mhz P3, 4 gig unallocated partition, 5 gig NTFS partition, router

trying to run the install from network using SuSE boot ISO.
Get to point where it asks for ftp server IP. No user/pass, no proxy. I have given it all mirror server IP's I can find and I get Message: Error while accessing the FTP server: Failed to connect to FTP server.

Verified PCMCIA mod is active, verified router is allowing FTP.
I can ping and access the ftp servers from other workstations using Mandrake on the LAN.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is SuSE making this difficult on purpose??

Old 11-06-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
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Is the driver module for your network adapter (be it a PCMCIA card or integrated) loaded?

Old 11-06-2003, 04:24 PM   #3
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pcmcia drivers

Yes it appears to have autoloaded as, when I try to manually load the pcmcia drivers it tells me that "pcmcia already active!"
Old 11-12-2003, 12:58 PM   #4
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Have you configured the following:

- network interface (eth0 normally) with an IP address and brought it up,
- configured a default route (assuming you're not on the same subnet as the machine serving the files),
- and if you're using hostnames (, instead of you'll need to configure a DNS server.



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