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Old 05-21-2003, 11:03 AM   #1
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Cannot Get network card status up

Hello All,

Great site!!

I've been fat fingering with linux since Drake 8.2 off and on, but since my ISP shut down all of my windows servers (acceptable use policy) I've been wanting to play with linux a little more. I have a fresh install of Mandrake 9.0, 9.1 wouldn't work on my old Celeron 400mhz box for some reason, but thats beside the point.

I have two machines 0ne is Win XP and the other linux, both are connected to a Linksys router, which of course is in turn connected to my cable modem. I have been trying to get a Internet connection through my linux box for some time now and noticed that my eth0 which has dhcp protocol (I've tried them all) but the status is always down. I'm sure thats my problem

I looked on the mandrake site and found that that the network card which is a Realtek (RTL-8139) "has been reported to work" status.

I just wonder since I'm such a newb to the linux world that I'm doing something wrong? Is there a better place to find out if the card is supported?

Any help would be great!!

Thanks in advance!
Old 05-21-2003, 11:12 AM   #2
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Have you tried bringing it up manually? Does it give an error message?

If I recall correctly I think you can try ifup eth0...or /etc/init.d/network restart (but I don't think this one will give you any error message other than failed).

Or even (I think) dhcpcd eth0 and see what it gives you.

Another thing, you say that your ISP shut down your "windows servers" do you mean your machines themselves? Could be that your ISP has cut you off completely, in which case, switching to linux won't change a thing...a failed dhcp response is a failed response...

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Old 05-21-2003, 11:24 AM   #3
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When I said that my ISP shut down my servers I mean they told me to close all my ports. I still have the connection because I'm using it right now I was using IIS 5 for web, also had ftp server, mail server with web interface, streaming music, all that good stuff, I was learning alot and then the big fist crushed me, I just wanted to learn something new so I went towards Linux to play with, I don't plan on using it for a server (because their watching me ), although I would like too. I'm also thinking about playing with Clic for clustering, that would be cool. I'll try those thanks!

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Old 05-21-2003, 11:32 AM   #4
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I tried the commands and this is what I got:
ifup eth0 failed

dhcpcd eth0 did nothing

/etc/init.d/network restart gave:
Determining IP info for eth0...failed

Should I just try another card? Also, my router does show that there is a connection so the card has to be functioning somewhat.

Last edited by Synth3tic; 05-21-2003 at 11:52 AM.


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