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Old 05-22-2004, 04:43 PM   #1
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Checking cable integrity

Hello everyone,

I am faced with a peculiar problem. I need to check the 'integrity' of a cable between the router and the computer. Now this computer needs to be moved to another location, call it location B. The current location A, works flawlessly.

Only, I don't trust my linux kernels: the 2.4.22 kernel network drivers (ne2k-pci, 8139too and a few more), give no matter how often I recompile it symbol errors, even though it seems to be starting the interface properly on location A. But on location B I am unable to get anything pinged. I tried compiling the 2.6.6 kernel like 10 times already, but I am unable to get this one (even after copying the 2.4.4 config) to display anything on my screen, hence I am unable to do anything with it. I played with most graphics settings to no avail.

Now the ideal thing would be a way for me to test the integrity of the network cable from a floppy disk. The cable itself can't be moved around, its going underground and the parts that come out of the walls are a few rooms apart. Another problem is that it is hard for me to get any other computer to test with, nor is the computer having the problem available for reinstallation

The lack of resources (no other pc to test, properly working system to test with) have thus left me without ideas and I would like to hear all ideas that you can think of (Come to think of it, the easiest thing might be to just rewire the part in question, but then again, it took to long already when I laid the cable that time ago...)

Sorry about my slightly frustrated rant and thanks for reading
Old 05-22-2004, 05:47 PM   #2
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sounds like kind of a jamb. have you considered using a live cd distro, which would have a precompiled kernel, in theory you'd be eliminating one obstacle. the latest knoppix would be my suggestion, i keep one of those on hand about everywhere i go, just for hardware diagnoses. hope that helps, or at least gives you some ideas.
good luck.


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