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Old 03-14-2004, 07:32 PM   #1
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Linux box cannot talk to Windows XP

My LAN consists of two computers. Computer 1 is a Windows XP machine with an Ethernet card. Computer 2 is a dual bootable machine with windows 98 and SUSE 9 Professional with an Ethernet card. Both computers have their Ethernet cards connected to a 5-port Ethernet hub. When computer 2 is run in Windows the two computers see each other and I am able to read and write files in both directions.

When computer 2 runs Linux the two computers do not seem to see each other. I have assigned internet addresses to both computers. The address of computer 1 is The address of computer 2 is The subnet mask of both machines is

When I am in a terminal on computer 2 running Linux as root I can ping and get a response. If I try to ping I do not get a response. Likewise, when I try to ping from computer 1 when computer 2 is running Linux I do not get a response. I can also ping from computer 2 when it is running Linux.

When I ping from computer 2 while it is running Linux the Link/ACT Led on the 5-port hub blinks, indicating that something is getting out on the ethernet line.

I have previously had Red Hat Linux 9 in place of the SUSE Linux and had the same responses.

When Linux starts up, among the messages that appear on the screen are:

eth0 IP/Netmask: / ERROR: Error while executing:
Command 'ip route replace to dev eth0' returned:
RTNELINK answers: Invalid argument
Configuration line eth0

warning: /etc/resolv.conf not found
warning: No nameservers in /etc/resolv.conf!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 03-15-2004, 04:07 AM   #2
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Well as it says your eth0 interface is set with IP address thus conflicting with your WinXP machine.

Start console and su to root user then edit file /etc/hosts and see if there is a line at a bottom like name_of_your_machine.local - change it to name_of_machine etc.

Here you can also add line describing your WinXP machine: win_xp_machine_name win_xp_machine_name

Regarding resolv.conf file, when you're done with hosts file just open editor and cretae this file as follows:

nameserver your.ISP.DNS1.server
nameserver your.ISP.DNS2.server

save file and that's it.
Old 03-16-2004, 07:32 PM   #3
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Thank you for replying.

I did not see a line like name_of_your_machine.local in /etc/hosts.

This is the contents of my /etc/hosts file: localhost
::1 localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback

fe00::0 ipv6-localnet

ff00::0 ipv6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ipv6-allnodes
ff02::2 ipv6-allrouters
ff02::3 ipv6-allhosts linux.local linux

Does any of this make sense to you?

Thank you for your help



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