On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 20:53:20 +0000, Beartooth wrote: [...] > So I took out the CD and tried again. It still kept telling me device eth0 > "seems not to be present." I configured an eth1; trying to activate that > got the same result. > > I've started from the icon, new to me, that looks like a yellow star on a > blue balloon, with what might be a mouse at its lower left. Properties for > that give a command "/usr/bin/system-config-network" > > I can get to a box that lets me tell it to obtain IP address settings > automatically with dhcp, told it yes, and tried with and without the > address of my router. No Joy. The MAC address it has is the one it has > always had; but probing claims that doesn't exist. I seem to have forgotten to mention that at one point eth0 on some screen was set to use only a static IP -- and the whole other half of that screen, on which I'd've tried to tell it to get an IP from dhcp on the router, was greyed out. I later found a different screen that did seem to let me tell it to use the dynamic IP from the router -- and I've tried restarting the network, logging out and back in, and even rebooting right after that -- with no success. So I'm not sure that the command to go get an IP is actually registering. Any time I first reboot and/or log in, doing /sbin/ifconfig gets me only what the network connection icons do : lo only, with no indication of any eth0 nor way to add one. I'd've thought I could become root and do "nano -w /sbin/ifconfig" -- if I knew what to add -- but what I get is four hundred-odd lines of gibberish, with a note at the bottom saying it's converted from Mac format, whatever that is. la /etc|grep .conf gets me umpteen bazillion config files, and no doubt grepping .cfg and the like will get me bazillions more. Is there one I can open that's a text file, and figure out what to add into it?? -- Beartooth Staffwright, PhD, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert Remember I know precious little of what I am talking about.