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Old 10-21-2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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Ubuntu Server - NO network connection - maybe drivers??

Hello Everyone,

Im not sure if it`s the right place, I guess NewBie because I have internet connection problems.

I`ve installed "Ubuntu Server" on a Dell computer, with 2 Network card.
I am trying now to connect to the network but it seems it doesn`t work.

I used these codes to check the IP configuration:

nano /etc/network/interfaces
nano /etc/resolv.conf
and it all looks correct to me.
I am 100% sure internet is up and running and the cable works properly (checked with another PC)

I am not sure about Netcard and driver, I can only see the led of the Netcard blinking.

I am using command line, I am not in desktop-environment yet. As soon as I connect to internet I will download the desktop graphic.

Does anybody know how to solve it?

Thanks in advance.
Old 10-21-2008, 09:28 AM   #2
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To check the status of your ethernet connections, open a konsole, and run the command 'ifconfig' ( without the quotes ). This will list all interfaces. If you get 'command not found', you may need to run it as root, so, use 'sudo ifconfig', provide the password, and the command should run. Post the results, if you need help to understand what it is saying.

For the drivers, assuming they are not compiled into the kernel, run the command 'su lsmod' the list may be long, depending on your configuration. You can post that also if you need help with the drivers.

If the drivers are in question, then we need to know the hardware. Run the command 'lspci' and post the results.

If either card is wireless, then to see the wireless configuration, run the command 'iwconfig' once again, this will list all wireless interfaces.

Resolv.conf is where the DNS addresses go. Your ISP can provide correct IP addresses for their DNS servers.

Been a while since I ran any flavour of buntu, don't remember what is in /etc/network/interfaces. Different distros use different ways of doing things, so if you could, post that file.
Old 10-29-2008, 07:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply and the info provided.
I`ve finally managed to make it work.


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