So, here's some orienting facts:
dual boot machine with win98 on one drive, redhat 5.2 on the other drive
(aka, the drive in question.)
over the weekend I took out the Intel AL440LX motherboard and the PII266
and put in an ABIT BH6 Motherboard and a PII400.
Though I hate to admit it, winblows98 plugNpray handled everything fine.
Linux is pretending to handle everything fine, but actually isn't
talking to the ethernet card (3com etherlink III, ISA, 10baseT - for my
The card works fine in windows (gasp!)
On Linux, The ethercard is showing up correctly in the bootlog, no
reported errors, irq's etc are correct. I changed no networking files
of any kind. All are as correct as they were when things were working
fine on the old board (I reread them all to double check)
I've been through a ton of troubleshooting already. (just ask me to post
some details or file contents if you think you have an idea of the
problem and need to see them to be sure, didn't post them here because
I've have to write it all down by hand and type it in. archaic.)
but alas, I can't ping anything. Not the other machine on my LAN, not
the gateway machine at my isp, not the ns machine, nothing on the 'net,
neither using ip addresses or server names. no 'unknown host' errors,
just blank silence.
Any ideas of what to try would be much appreciated.
thanks in advance,
(p.s. if you can connect to <a
I've probably solved it. if you can't, I still need help, thanks.)