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Setup LAN on a Mandrake 8.2 Linux box

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I am having issues with setting up my Mandrake box to the Linksys router that I recently purchased.  I have a DSL connection and an OSX box that is running and happy on the router already.

I go through the helpful wizard thingy but that never works.

I tried setting stuff up in netconf but as my understanding of Linux is still rather small, not much luck their either.

Tried DHCP and static IP but having issues either way. When I attempt to ping the router, it tells me that it cant find the host.

This is likely a rather simple question, but if I find out its more complicated than it appears, I will gladly raise the points.

thanks
- rob
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First, can you ping yourself? 127.0.0.1? And if you can ping yourself, can you ping the IP Address of the router? If you can ping using IP Address, then you might have to edit the /etc/resolv.conf file to put in your DNS server addresses. Or put in a permanent route to the router so that it'll find it everytime.
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I have tried to ping the router with no luck.  I'll post more info tonight after I get home.

- rob
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I just pinged myself and it worked.
- rob
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You better check the network cabling then. If you can ping yourself, but not the router, then it can mean a few things. First, physical fault. That's what I would check first, the physical cabling. You can ping yourself because TCP/IP is already initialised.

Second, are the two boxes on the same subnet? Since one is a router, I would say it is.

Have you tried adding a route manually and see if it can ping the router? Using "route add" command on the Linux box. If the ping says "Destination host unreacheable" that usually means the default gateway is not set up correctly.
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Heres the funny part, it was a bad ethernet cable the whole time.  When I plugged in a different one, it just worked without a hitch.  So my settings were pretty alright, it was just a bad cable.

I'll reward "st_steve" with the 100 points anyways, thanks for your help and god bless.

- rob
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Very helpful, willing to try when it seemend nobody else would. Thanks.
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