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I'm trying to run Debian Woody, with 2.4.18, however, I can't get any network access with Debian. I was thinking hardware problems for some time, and then a friend of ...
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    Debian has no network, Knoppix does


    I'm trying to run Debian Woody, with 2.4.18, however, I can't get any network access with Debian. I was thinking hardware problems for some time, and then a friend of mine showed me Knoppix, with which I can access the internet, no problem. I need to get Debian working, though.

    Here's everything I've done:
    The driver is loaded from modules.conf:
    Code:
    ...
    tulip	#for SMC1244TX-CA card
    [eof]
    The interface gets brought up by interfaces

    Code:
    # /etc/network/interfaces -- configuration file for ifup(8), ifdown(8)
    
    # The loopback interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    # The first network card - this entry was created during the Debian installation
    # (network, broadcast and gateway are optional)
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static
    	address 129.97.4.22
    	netmask 255.255.255.0
    	network 129.97.4.0
    	broadcast 129.97.4.255
    	gateway 129.97.4.1
    Then I give it a check with ifconfig,
    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:2F:89:55:4F  
              inet addr:129.97.4.22  Bcast:129.97.4.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:100 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
              Interrupt:22 Memory:feafc000-0 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:164 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:164 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:10846 (10.5 KiB)  TX bytes:10846 (10.5 KiB)
    resolv.conf has all the right stuff
    Code:
    domain uwaterloo.ca #this line can be excluded, with apparently no consequence
    nameserver 129.97.128.100
    nameserver 129.97.128.10
    I can check with mii-tool
    Code:
    eth0: 100 Mbit, full duplex, link ok
    And when I try to ping, it just hangs
    Code:
    lt-vi:~# ping 129.97.4.1
    PING 129.97.4.1 (129.97.4.1): 56 data bytes
    [CTRL-C]
    --- 129.97.4.1 ping statistics ---
    16 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss
    Knoppix, however, works fine. There's a wizard that does most of the work, but it just generates all this stuff in the files. If I duplicate any of the above commands, I get the exact same result, whether with Debian, or Knoppix, except that Knoppix gives me full network access: pinging, telnetting, web-browsing etc.

    My only idea is that it may be a driver problem, however Debian came with tulip driver, which I would have thought would be the final word on the matter. The driver from Knoppix was not transferable (which didn't surprise me, I think the Knoppix kernel is 2.4.26) and despite following online tulip compiling instructions to the letter, I have been unable to create a new one. Is this perhaps where I should concentrate my effort?

    Could it be a buggy Debian install (this is install number 4, only the first one was verified buggy, and nothing seems to have changed with each subsequent reinstall)? The longer I spend on this, the more respect I have for Microsoft.

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    Hi
    you said you had error during installation
    Quote Originally Posted by timmyson
    think the Knoppix kernel is 2.4.26) and despite following online tulip compiling instructions to the letter, I have been unable to create a new one.
    Any error message came up with this unsuccesfull attempt?

    Can you also give an idea of your network please?
    router y/n
    dhcp y/n
    hub y/n
    dynamic IP y/n

    thanks
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