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Old 05-16-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Networking stopped.

Hello folks,

This is Dwayne. . .

Two computers I have, both have automatic updates. Friday 13th. There was an update on both computers, and the networking on both has completely stopped.

I have tried rebooting with no avail.

I have a couple of older computers that do not have automatic updating, and they seem to be working fine.

The networking icon in the upper right corner is gone. I am able to run VMPlayer, and get on my linux system through VMplayer, as long as I connect directly to the internet system, and not go through the Host "Linux 14.04 LTS."

Any Suggestions?

I think I may have to reinstall Linux. . but I don't want to.

If I did reinstall Linux, will it write over my old files and keep my data? or should I just do a complete backup and do a wipe disk at the same time?


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Old 05-16-2016, 08:06 PM   #2
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Am I correct in believing you are running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? If not, please specify the distro/version.

If you have your user data on a separate /home partition, it should not be overwritten it you reinstall the OS to the root partition. If you have a standard Ubuntu install, you do not have a separate /home partition. In either event, backing up crucial and valuable data before a reinstall would be recommended, because stuff happens.

It would like be better to try to troubleshoot the problem before resorting to a reinstall.

What precisely do you mean by "networking stopped." Have you received any specific error messages and, if so, what is their exact wording?

Are you using a wired or wireless connection?

What happens when you try to ping a domain name ( vs. an ip address (

What is the output of these commands:

ifconfig -a 
cat /etc/network/interfaces
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:19 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your response. . .

Because of time constrictions and unsure of Viruses, I backed up, dumped both computers and reloaded 14.04 LTS.
It worked out well, because I just reloaded VMWare, and all my other Virtual Disks were all in place.

So far, everything is running like it is supposed to.


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