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Old 10-15-2004, 10:30 PM   #1
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Eth0 interface dead... for no apparent reason in suse 9.1. any ideas?


I just installed suse 9.1 on my ferrari 3200 (after failing to install fedora 2 AMD64... btw that "cool system but you're installing a 32bit os on a 64bit machine" yast message is quite funny... it made me smile and it's been ages since that happened to me during an installation :-) )

Everything went surprisingly smoothly but for some reason my LAN doesn't work. The problem is my eth0 interface just sits there and the RX and TX packet counts are always zero. Everything was configured by YaST but even after configuring the interface and routes mannually (through ifconfig and route add) the problem is still there.

Just in case I'm doing something wrong:
ip: with shared PPPoA connection (works with other windows clients)

ferrari (the one with the problem): bcast .0.255


trying to ping the gateway from the ferrari results in destination unreachable messages.. I cannot understand why. there is a cat5e cable connecting the two, they have IPs in the same subnet and the routes for the local IPs are supposed to be automatically set once the interface is configured with ifconfig....

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Windows Firewall Off
iptables: at default config with some tweaks to get the connection to work but to no result.
Old 10-16-2004, 02:19 AM   #2
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Some sugestions

First of all it would be recomendedto use the 64bit version of suse, if not at least mandrake and fedora (atleast fedora) has got free 64bit os`

your connection to the net, i pressume is either like this; ferrari --> router <--windows computer where the windows computer connects to the net or ferrari --> windows --> adsl modem (correct me if i`m wrong)

In the first case you connect directly to the router, no gateway or other shite, prefeerably dhcp.
In the second case I`m not to shure, but I think you should connect directly to the windows pc, share the net connection on the windows computer, and then add the address for the dns to the linuxbox` resolv.conf. Still no gateway I think. Anyways you should try connecting to the windows computer directly just for testing purposes. this is s nice way to solve problems, by keeping it simple and eliminating options one at a time.

type ifconfig at a terminal as root to see if the card is properly configured (if its listed it is)
type in your ip address, if the windows computer is on then use .2
network should be
b.cast should be
suse 9.1 networks needs to be assosiated with specific hardware, so use yast to configure instead of configuring the ifcfg file directly

feel free to read howtos and search for suse network posts


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