Cobbled by Cable (Comcast, that is...)
I just got cable service thru Comcast, and to my chagrin, am sending this email out in the Windows side of my dual-boot.
My linux distro is Mandrakelinux 10.1
'Was' connected (for 4 years) thru Earthlink with a DSL connection. Had two computers set up thru a switchbox (don't have it 'in the line' right now-i.e. I have this box connected cleanly and directly to the new cable modem). One of the boxes (this one) dual booted (XP and the aformentioned 10.1) and everything worked fine (well, within Earthlink's definition of what worked fine, but let's not get started on that.)
I'm connecting this box with a 3-com ethernet connector, installed where it always has been, within the bowels of my Lian-Li PC65 (sorry folks, couldn't resist a free plug for my beloved Lian-Li case).
Obviously, this (Windows) connection works fine to the internet-that's how I'm sneaking this plea out.
Just as obviously, or I wouldn't be here [complaining], my linux side will not connect.
Start with this premise--I have not a clue what I am doing. I did go to the GUI screen (in my Mandrake distro) and, as su, attempted to set up a new internet connection, using the 'cable' option, and the eth1 connection, which is where my 3-com connector draws breath (eth0 is the mobo connection, and has always 'FAILED' on boot-up, as it is superseded by eth1.
So, alright already, everyone stop what they're doing until we get this one resolved, huh? I'll be here at my desk (an unhappy slave to Windows) awaiting the magic bullet that puts this issue to bed.
Thanks all, in advance, for the input. ;)