Q1. What network card do you have?
Q2. Which distribution of Linux are you using?
Q3. Is your IP address static or dynamic?
> I just got DSL service yesterday. I have never used my network card in
> Linux. I have DSL working great in Windows 98. Now I need some
> direction on getting it working in Linux.
> I am assuming that I need to get my network card mounted. How do I do
You will need to recompile the driver into your kernel or use a loadable
module. I can't tell you which way or which one without knowing the
brand and model of network card you are wanting to use. See the Kernel
If you are using a loadable module, you can have the card probed at
startup with a modprobe command in your init scripts. See the Ethernet
Some distributions have utilities that will ask you questions and
configure all your networking for you based on your answers. I cannot
tell you which one to use unless I know which distribution you are
To do it the manual way, please keep reading:
>Once that's done, where do I go to plug in the following...
> IP Address
If you have a static IP address, you will have to put it in /etc/hosts.
If you have a dynamic IP address, you will have to run dhcpd or
something similar for your IP address to be assigned to your machine. I
have no experience in a dynamic installation, but there are HowTos at
Quote:> DNS (primary, alternate, whatever)
This goes in /etc/resolv.conf or /etc/nsswitch, even if you run named on
your own server. You have to list yourself there or it won't know where
to go for resolution.
These two things, along with your IP address, are used in ifconfig and
and route. If you have a dymanic IP address, I don't know what to tell
you to do, but if you are static, you will need to put something like:
ifconfig eth0 <ipaddress> <netmask>
route add default <gateway>
in your rc.d grouping of files. Which file this would be depends on your
> Is there anything else that I am missing? Any one know of a
> compressive FAQ? Any direction on this would be greatly appreciated.
Try looking at the Net3-4 and Ethernet HowTos at