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Old 10-09-2004, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question Shared DSL thru Linksys switch w/SuSe9.1 & XP pro

After countless attempts to make my brand-new Linux box connect, I'm stumped. I installed Mandrake 10 a few days ago, and it ran fine. The next day, I got nada (shut it down the night before). No amount of configuring would get it to work. Tried re-installing Mandrake, no effect. Tried it with the Knoppix LiveCD, and it would connect. Installed SuSe 9.1, and it wouldn't. I researched everything I could, tried the multitude of fixes with no resolution. Tried removing the XP box & switch, same result. All distros would detect the on-board ethernet just fine. Here are the particulars:

BellSouth DSL with Westell Wirespeed modem model 2100
Linksys switch model EZXS55W
XP box has Broadcom 440 on-board
Linux box has SiS900 on-board
Both boxes have MSI mobos

All distros used were downloaded from

Thanks in advance for any and all help (I sure would like this to work before I try another distro).

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Old 10-09-2004, 07:34 PM   #2
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some info of you network topolgie won't hurt :-) to help us solve your prob.

are all pc's connected to the linksys direct or is the linux box in between? where does it work, where not?
post these:
route -n
ifconfig -a

sl mritch.
Old 10-10-2004, 01:39 AM   #3
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mritch, thanks for your help, here are the particulars:




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iface lo

bash: ipconfig: command not found

I've got the switch connected to the dsl modem, and both
boxes are connected directly to the switch.The XP box works the way it should. I did manage to catch something at boot when I fired the linux box up this morning about eth0 not working. Happened a bit to quickly for this old mans eyes though. Not sure if this will help, but I am able to access the Bellsouth connection page for the modem, which tells me primary & secondary DNS, IP address & gateway, and the local network IP address. Thanks again.

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