Last 8 years working with linux I was never stumped by a networking problem.
I can confirm that
a) The laptop is working and network cards all ok.
I boot with Dynabolic and I can configure the network and telnet or ssh to my servers.
b) The SuSE distribution is a purchased version.
So, when I installed SuSE and configure network strange things happen.
I ping a machine on my network (actually my gateway itself) and then after 16 seconds, I start getting ping responses, but the first one was 2seconds then 1 second then 0.1 seconds...exactly for 7 pings...
Then it goes dead for about 35 seconds.
Then it pings again for 7 pings as above.
The routing table looks like novell has changed a lot of stuff. My default is there but my interface itself with host IP is not there etc etc.
Anyone can help me out of this tight spot.
Please dont answer I need to check the hardware. The exact setup works with dynabolic SuSE8.0, Redhat Fedora2 etc etc without the mess as described above.