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Old 03-27-2005, 08:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy Network Card Not Working

First time Linux install. Took a few times, but finnaly got Debian to work. After the install the computer went straight into Gnome, where I logged in. I first started Mozilla to see if I could surf the web, and this worked great. I configured the computer to use dhcp durring the installation and all worked well, until I decided to change out the network card and use another one. Now I can't connect to the network . I read a few posts that say to use the "etherconf" command to reconfigure the network card, but when I use the "su" command and log in as root in a terminal I still get "command not found". Not sure what I need to do.

Also I can't figure out how to shut this bad boy down. I know I need to be root to shut down, but I can't log in anywhere as root to shut the system down. Very frustrating I hit log off, and it takes me to a Debian login screen that wont let me log in using root. I realize this is for security reasons, but there has to be a way to shut this thing down without going through the disk check that comes up every time i decide to pull the plug.

Any way, If someone could point me in the right direction it would be greatly apreciated.
Old 03-27-2005, 08:39 PM   #2
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You may have to install the etherconf package if it doesn't know what it is. To login as root and shut it down you can do it from a terminal. Login as root and type shutdown. If you want to do it from the GUI interface you need to add the user root to the list.
Old 03-28-2005, 07:08 AM   #3
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Thanks. I was able to shutdown my machine. Should I have done a "umount" to the hard drive before doing this?

Also where might I find the "etherconf" package you speak of?

Thanks again for the help.
Old 03-28-2005, 10:05 AM   #4
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No, you don't need to unmount the drives before shutdown. It is done automatically. Etherconf is a Debian package available from Debian repositories (http/ftp/cdrom). You could get it through a 'apt-get install etherconf' but since you can't connect to the Internet...Maybe it would be a better idea to post the problems/errors encountered when attempting some sort of connection. Configuring a network card can be done manually, editing some files and/or using some already available commands.


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