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Old 04-06-2006, 11:08 AM   #1
Frank Soranno
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Red face Connecting to internet?

Just installed Fedora Core 5 and can't find my ethernet connection, When it boots up I see
that eth0 failed to load, Can't find network config on my system, How do I connect to the internet?

OK, Found ethernet connection to be OK, Found NetworkManager, NetworkManagerDispatcher running and still can't get internet to run, Anymore help will be appreciated

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Old 04-06-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Find out what network card you've got, find the driver pack for FC / RedHat, install it , modprobe it, hope for the best.

If you can't find the driver pack start getting used to configuring a kernel yourself, look at the kernel's network options and see if you can find a driver that supports your network card.

Compile the kernel, install the kernel, add a line to grub, reboot, pray.

ALTERNATIVELY, your last bit there saying you found your ethernet connection to be OK, does that mean you have the driver running? in which case it would be a good idea to check if your Router (or whatever you're using to connect to the internet) and your Box don't have conflicting network settings. Also you may need to configure your network on the box using netconf (or is it netconfig ...?).

That should pretty much take care of anything if that is the problem.

IF you've done that, ping your router, (same as the default gateway) and provided your router is set up right (password and all that jazz) you probably will be right.

Unless your firewall doesn't let you through (easiest way to make sure of this is to run `services iptables stop` ... or whatever FC uses to start/stop it's firewall these days).

Good luck
Old 04-07-2006, 05:47 AM   #3
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Hi chakkerz, Thanks for reply, I have posted all over these forums and had a good many good replies,
However I am not so good at this stuff and perhaps I'm missing the points.I don't think it's a hardware problem, I have the following Kernel 2.6.15-1 Grub V 0.97 eth0 nVidia corp MC51. I did a ping with all packages retuned no errors.

I do have an eth0 that shows up as a devise in my Network Configure in my Admin on the desktop.
When I configure the ethernet device, I have it set to Automaticlly obtain IP address settings with dhcp and Automatically obtain DNS, However when I click Activate button, it return failed?

Here is a little more information;

[root@localhost /]# /sbin/ifconfig
Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:E0:4C:F1:A3:FE

inet6 addr: fe80::2e0:4cff:fef1:a3fe/64 Scope:Link


RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

Interrupt:17 Base address:0xe000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback

inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host


RX packets:3553 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:3553 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:4405361 (4.2 MiB)
TX bytes:4405361 (4.2 MiB)

root@localhost /]# dmesg | grep eth0
forcedeth.c: subsystem: 01565:2501 bound to 0000:00:14.0
no IPv6 routers present
[root@localhost /]#

Last edited by Frank Soranno; 04-07-2006 at 02:21 PM.
Old 04-08-2006, 01:31 PM   #4
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Hi chakkerz, Finally got it going,I want to Thank you very much for your help. I happened over to linux HOWTO, and got it going by luck, I can't tell you how, but I tried all the codes that were given and wala, I'm on line. Now that I'm up and running I have a lot to learn and a lot of new questions.
Well thank you once more and have a good weekend. Frank
Old 04-08-2006, 02:27 PM   #5
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Setting your NIC to get its IP via DHCP will only work if you have a DHCP server on your LAN. If you don't have this what you probably did to get it working was assign yourself a static IP address.


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