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Old 06-17-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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connecting to

I recently boght and loaded Solaris 10

My router connects to Vista virtually without my involvement, but Solaris cannot find the ISP at all no matter what I try to do.

At this point I must say that Sun Systems are brilliant at promising to answer queries but in my experience never actually do so.

Now to Talktalk. I rang their technical department and all I got was, "We don't support Linux type programmes"
I then asked "Do you mean that it is not possible for a Linux Type programme to connect to Talktalk, or do you mean that you do not provide help to anyone trying to connect?
The reply changed to " We don't support Linux, load XP" This was repeated three or four times until I was forced to hang up.

Perhaps someone can answer the last question or better still provide the solution to the problem. I would be happy to receive either.

I do realize that remaining with Vista is one alternative and that moving away from Talktalk is another.

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Old 06-17-2008, 07:32 PM   #2
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If I were you I'd move away from TalkTalk, I know a few people who've got their phone and/or broadband service and none of them like it.

To be fair, I don't know any UK broadband provider that actually "supports" Linux either, to the best of my knowledge they're all M$ / Mac focussed.

That said, I've been running Linux successfully for quite a few years now, initially with NTL (now Virgin Media) and for the last 12 months with Sky. I've never had any problems connecting to the Internet from a Linux PC with either.

You might need to take a look at your configuration though. I don't know anything about Solaris, but I assume your network card is configured to acquire its IP configuration via DHCP and that the DHCP server is enabled on your router. If that's the case, and it's not working, you could try setting up a static IP configuration instead, see if that works.

My router and PC are currently configured as follows:

Internal IP address =, subnet mask
External IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS server etc. acquired from Sky Broadband

IP address =
Subnet mask =
Default gateway = (i.e. the router)
DNS server = (the router again)

This works like a charm - maybe something similar might work for you?


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