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Old 10-24-2003, 10:06 PM   #1
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how do I get online with Slack?

After reveiwing several posts for wireless card's and linux, i've considered just using my onboard nic in the laptop. How due I get online and where do I start in slackware? i'm using gnome as my desk, looking around there and no way to configure from the gui, what now? this is one of reasons I decided to go with red hat, but decided I like a little bit of a challenge. i've redhat installed on another machine and it basicallly does everything for u, but it's a little fat so I installed slack on my laptop to try it out... Please help, i'm a newb!!!
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It's actually pretty easy. The first thing to do is figure out what interface Slackware has assigned to your ethernet card. If you enter ifconfig you'll get back a list of all the ethernet devices Slack recognizes. For the sake of argument only, lets say your card is eth1. Once you know this, you just need to edit your /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 file. Find the section that refers to eth1 and either uncomment the DHCP line if you are using DHCP or give it an IP address if you don't use DHCP. Be sure to enter the gateway IP in the gateway section. The instructions in the rc.inet1 file are pretty good, so just open the file and read. Of course you can also use the netconfig program to set these as well.

Once you've got your rc.inet1 file configured right, there are a couple of things that could happen. If you are using a static IP, all you have to do is plug in the cable and you should be able to go. If you are using DHCP, you may have to issue a dhcpcd eth1 command if you booted and the cable wasn't plugged in.
Old 10-25-2003, 04:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feed back, the forums are kinda slow this weekend. I'm using slackware 9.0 also. Yah, i used netconfig, and it worked, don't know how, but it did!!! I finally got enough nerve to dual boot my laptop and try slack again. I have been using RH 9.0 for the past couple weeks, it's definately different from slackware. But it's nice that they let you decide what kinda sytem to run. Red hat is a little overbearing, not like windows but you know what I mean. I think i'm goin to download another distro and try that on my other windows machine, i'm runnin out of machines to put stuff on. I'm sittin in front of three machines as it is, havin fun though.


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