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Old 12-15-2004, 07:54 PM   #1
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configuring eth0

I have a Sony computer with a Netgear NIC. It is dual booted with Windows XP and Linux. My NIC is already operational on Windows. I am now trying to make it operational on Linux. When I look in the file called /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, I see that MAC address configured in this file matches the MAC address of my NIC. When I do an ifdown eth0 command I get an error message. The message says that I have an unexpected MAC address and that the command is being ignored. What am I doing wrong here?
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:29 PM   #2
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As a test you may want to configure the device manualy with a fixed address then ping something.

Here is an example.

ifconfig eth0 up
ifconsig eth0 <some address>
Old 12-15-2004, 08:31 PM   #3
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Does it work?

I notice that with a wireless card I have with Fedora Core 3 now. Even though it says the MAC address is unexpected, activation is ignored, and "Failed" is reported during bootup, I can still activate the card using the Network Device thingamabobber via the desktop menu. Everything works fine after that.


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