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Unable to obtain an internet connection in Mandrake Linux 10.0,

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I just installed Mandrake 10.0 and am trying to get it connected to the internet.  I am a total Linux Noob!  I have had some help with someone who knows linux well but we're unable to find a solution.  I have a Linksys LNE100TX 5.1 NIC and a Linksys BEFSX41 Firewall router.  I have COX cable and am setup for DHCP in Windows.  I opened a terminal and typed "su", put in my root password, then put in "/etc/init.d/network restart"  These are the results:

Shutting down loopback interface:       OK
Setting network parameters:              OK
Bringing up loopback interface:           OK
Bringing up interface eth0:                 FAILED

I was also told to type "/sbin/ifconfig" in the terminal and get the following on the second line:

inet addr:  Mask

I was told to try a different NIC, so i shutdown, took out the Linksys NIC, when into the BIOS and enabled my onboard realtek NIC.  Same problem.  I tried connecting it without the router, same problem.  Any Ideas?  Remember your talking to a Windows Geek...Linux Noob, please keep that in mind!

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