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Old 11-06-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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Help me get online with Suse

This is my 3rd attempt at getting started with Linux. The first 2 ended in frustration because I could not connect to the internet. Now I am at the same juncture. I have successfully installed Suse 9.1 on a pentium system running XP. I have a cable modem connected by ethernet. When I boot to XP I am on line.

In YaST2 my ethernet card is recognized. As far as I can see I use DHCP.
My ISP hangs up when I mention linux.
I went into config and tried entering some IP addresses and such that I copied out of Windows settings, but I really don't know what I am doing.
This is frustrating because I want to begin the process of learning Linux, but I want to be online when I begin so I can use the help resources therein, but I cannot get online, so I cannot get past page one.
Any advice would be welcome.
Old 11-06-2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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I recall have similar problems when I first installed Suse 8.2 on my PC.

I assume the browser hangs when you try to access the Web. If so, perhaps there is a problem with your DNS settings. I recall that these must be set in a Linux file (not the browser) - but I can't remember which one!

Perhaps by investigating DNS, you may find a solution.

Hope this helps. Sorry I can't be any more specific.

Old 11-06-2004, 01:37 PM   #3
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I know very little about internet settings but with dhcp you shouldnt have to enter any info. The other thing is make sure your nic card if well supported. I had a card that showed as problimatic on the Suse site and it didnt work at all a few years back. I may be off just an idea
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You shouldn't need to enter any info with DHCP. If you do enter stuff manually then you will need to add your dns servers to the /etc/resolv.conf file (mentioned earlier.)

example of resolv.conf contents with made up numbers:

You need to know the IP address for some valid nameservers (I believe in windows "ipconfig /all" will give you something to go by.)

to temporarily set your IP address (again, made up numbers):
ifconfig eth0 up

and you will need to set your default gateway (after useing ifconfig):
route add default gw

If DHCP doesn't work, then in all likelihood there is something else amiss, such as network card driver. The instructions above though should get you online if your card _is_ configured properly. The ifconfig and route info will only hold until you shutdown. They're useful for a temporary setup though.
Old 11-06-2004, 05:50 PM   #6
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Acctually comprookie2000 makes a valid point. My suggestion wont work if your ISP relies on PPOE or PPTP (They SHOULD tell you at least that much when you ask, though they may need to ask their supervisor).


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