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Old 06-09-2005, 09:46 PM   #1
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my eth0 is not coming up

I installed Mepis 3.3 and I have a strange problem.

My network requires me to use static IP .

So, in Mepis OS Center, Under the networking Tab, I entered the Static Nameservers (DNS Settings) and under eth0, i entered the static IP addresses.

Now, when i am told that I should restart the network, eth0 doesn't come up.

SO, this results in no internet connection in Mepis.

i have Ubuntu installed, that works absolutely fine.

What is wrong with MEPIS?

I found that there was no host mentioned in the /etc/hosts file and added the IP address of my machine there.(Using the help provided by

Still no luck.
Old 06-10-2005, 12:41 AM   #2
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I have the same problem, but i use DHCP. I need to manually bring up eth0 every time using
# ifconfig eth0 up
Old 06-10-2005, 12:50 AM   #3
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Sure I will try that.

But my problem was like, no matter how many times i click on start eth0, it won't come up.
Hold on, i will try your idea!
Old 06-10-2005, 11:31 AM   #4
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I'm having the same problem. On the live-cd it activates eth0 fine and uses DHCP to auto detect my settings fine, but on my new hd install it doesn't work, and no matter how many times I try to start it (its grayed out) or use ifconfig eth0 up it just says "device doesn't exist." Why would it be different from the live-cd?
Old 06-10-2005, 11:48 AM   #5
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Same here, works perfectly with Live Cd, but not with HDD install.

However, I found a cheap way to do that.

What I did was I changed the settings for eth0 to DHCP and then tried to start eth0.
But it did not.
Then I changed the settings back to static.
Then, whoo -whee eth0 was up.

But, still i can't login to my ISP account, and so there is still no Internet connection in MEPIS.

Please help me out of this situation.
Old 06-10-2005, 03:19 PM   #6
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This is NOT Mepis experience talking. but...

had the same problem with a laptop running XP SP1 today. A chance look at the icon of the share (a Windoze term, kiddies) showed a tiny yellow blob next to it. It looked like a lock... it was! The firewall had been set on by default!

Is guarddog on Mepis screwing you around, maybe?

My 2 piase worth

Old 06-10-2005, 03:30 PM   #7
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Try entering your IP like this:
# /sbin/ifconfig eth0 init netmask

the ip/netmask are examples only.


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Old 06-11-2005, 04:49 AM   #8
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Thanks man.

I tried that out, but it returned me some error.

Now, I disabled Guard Dog, and now, I am in.

I think that my OS Center is buggy............even if eth0 is stopped, I can ping my Gateway.

So, this means that it is ON.

Internet now working fine in Mepis.
Old 11-05-2005, 02:25 AM   #9
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I`m using Debian 3.1 and have the same problem (my eth0 and eth1 want coming up). The network card which is eth1(DHCP), is the one I would like to use automatically.I don't have a network cable plugged into eth0, because I`m not using it in the moment. When I restart the PC and run it under recover mode - it finds eth1(DHCP) and 'utilieses it' but it doesn`t detect the eth0(But why? ) . OK everything is working successful except one thing when I start it in 'normal' mode it doesn`t detect the both eth. Please help!


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