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Old 06-27-2004, 02:23 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
Location: NYC
Distribution: Puppy Linux - it's dog-gone great!
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Netconfig & floppy write probs-pls help!

I've got Slackware 9.1 with the Gnome desktop on my 400mhz/P2/256 meg o' ram. It's the only OS, and is on a 6 gig HD.

I previously had Suse 9.1 and Win 2K installed, using two HD's, but had to wipe both and do a clean install on Slack. I know my hardware works, because I could connect to the Web with both Suse and Win 2K before.

Now, I can't connect to the Web, no matter how I set up netconfig.

I'm using two computers that talk to my DSL modem through a router. The router's DNS # is

When I run ifconfig, I get a bunch of tx & rx errors. If I try to run a Web browser, I get a 'connection was refused' when trying to hit the router.
Ifconfig also shows a local loopback with a bunch of tx/rx errors, even though I didn't set up a local loopback.

I _bought_ the official Slackware CD's & "Slackware Essentials" book, both to support Slack and get the 'step by step' for the newbie. I'm not too happy with the book - it's out of date, and at least the netconfig section is very incomplete (sigh).

I've checked my files in /etc/rc.d/inet1.conf, /etc/rc.d/inet2, and /etc/rc.d/rc.m. They seem correct. Also added my NIC (uncommented it) in /etc/rc.modules. Also been through the Slack howto's & doc files on my 'puter - althogh not exhaustively. Did some Linux Q's searches as well.

My other big problem is that my floppy is recognized as read-only, even though the 'puter formatted it (DOS).

I've looked at /etc/fstab & /etc/mtab and it seems the floppy is listed correctly. I get an 'invalid parameters' message when I try to drag-n-drop on the floppy desktop icon. It would be MUCH easier to troubleshoot the 'puter if I could output text via floppy to my working Web 'puter and post exerpts here...

My ISP is
I do have a password, but it doesn't typically ask for it. It didn't do so under Suse.

My username there is jhecht.

One of the ways I tried netconfig is:

hostname = labrat = my test computer (grin)
domain name =
static ip = my router at
no nameserver
no gateway

The LE book says the hostname & domain name "don't really matter" (?)
I've also tried DHCP, and many other variations.

I'm SO frustrated, Suse/Kdesk went in with NO probs, gave me Web, floppy, etc. with no setup, but it was SLOW! I like Slack/Gnome much better, it's way faster - even w/a stock kernel, but it's kicking my @$$!

Can someone help? Now I know what King Tantalus felt like...

Last edited by jhecht; 06-27-2004 at 02:32 PM.


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