I recently build a new computer using the NForce3 150 chipset, and installed Linux Mandrake 10 Community on it. After seemingly configuring the NIC correctly (I use DHCP to lease an IP from a server, running MDK 9.1), I failed to be able to receive an IP. I therefore specified a static IP, but was unable to ping any of the other nodes on the network.
Thinking that there was probably a problem with the NIC I installed another PCI NIC which uses the tulip driver, and that I know to have worked on previous versions of Mandrake. This did exactly the same thing. The cable used to connect has been used previously by my laptop and so isn't damaged. The same happened when I connected it directly to the server with a crossover cable.
I then ran Knoppix on the machine to see whether this could just be a software problem, but again I was unable to receive a DHCP lease, or ping anything with a static IP.
I am about to install Windows on a partition to see if it will work, however I know the tupip driver to work with the PCI NIC, and so am not particularly hopeful that it's just a driver problem. The other nodes on the network all receive leases.
Any suggestions will be gratefully received :)