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Old 08-12-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
The MJ
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Unhappy Ethernet connection suddenly died, I can't even get to the router!

I was fooling around in a root terminal, preparing my system to be repartitioned.
When I restarted, eth0 did not get started. ifconfig shows only the loopback device (lo), and /etc/init.d/network restart only restarts the loopback. can not be found, and typing my router's IP address gives me a connection refused error.

What could I have done to make my connection not even reach the router?
Or did my ethernet card just die?

I tried using a different ethernet cable, but the light on my ethernet card and the lights on the router stayed dark.

Any help or insight into the problem would be appreciated,
Thank you
-The MJ
Old 08-13-2006, 02:22 AM   #2
Bruce Hill
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Originally posted by The MJ
I was fooling around in a root terminal, preparing my system to be repartitioned.
You only gave part of the clue. What did you issue in the root terminal?

You also don't tell which distribution of Linux you're using. Because of
the PATH I assume it's Debian or one of it's derivatives.

If you don't know what you issued, then issue and post the output of:
"cat .bash_history | tail -n 20" (without the quotes)

If you're not using bash, then you'll need to adjust appropriately.
Old 08-13-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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It is weird, it seems to be an intermittant thing. If I restart a couple times, it works, then if I restart again, it goes back to no eth0.

I am using Fedora Core 4
I was not only fooling around in the root terminal, but also logged in as root, and at one point in nautilus, launched from the root terminal. All I did was copy parts of /home, /etc, /var, and /usr/bin to a fat32 drive.

EDIT: I might end up reformatting the whole thing anyway, since windows just ate my partition table, and I have that backup of my important files.


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