Due to packet forwarding on my router I must disable DHCP and use static IPs on my LAN. This has always worked fine in the past but recently I have been experimenting with SLAX, a server live CD based on slackware, as a mobile demo environment for my php scripts.
The distro configures itself properly when I enable DHCP. But when I disable it I am unable to browse the web or connect to any im clients. However, I can ping local nodes, preform name resolution, and access my web based router config. This problem has arisen on multiple PCs and on two seperate networks.
I contacted Tomas, the one man band for the project, who said nothing had changed and seems to have little motivation to help.
I guess all I really need to know is how dhcp works and what files it modifies.