Re: Newbie: PM8500 video and ethernet problems.

Subject: Re: Newbie: PM8500 video and ethernet problems.
From: Sean Riley (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 13:05:41 MST

Looks like you have it right........ Although as root the ifconfig eth0 up
or down shouldn't bark at you. Look in /var/log/messages to see that the
ethernet interface was picked up properly

But you shouldn't have to reinstall again to fiddle with the settings.

You can pick the domain name you want to use (just don't try and use a real
one, like us west. this will be default postpended to an unqualified domain
name :-) or leave it localhost

you can try netconf (will allow you to alter/change values without knowing
where all the files are)
Or if you know an editor like vi

/etc/resolv.conf (nameserver setup)
/etc/sysconfig/network (set you chosen host name)
/etc/hosts (local hosts file, add yourself)

I'm probably forgetting something tho.......

On Wednesday 21 March 2001 23:53, you wrote:
> At 19:27 -0500 03/21/01, Sean Riley wrote:
> >Had exact same issues :-)
> Me too, and they are still haunting me...
> >2. Someone suggested removing pump and using dhcpd (which I haven't tried
> >yet) but what I do to fix ethernet is:
> >ifconfig eth0 down
> >ifconfig eth0 up
> >ifdown eth0
> >ifup eth0
> Ok, tinkered with this, but on the ifconfig eth0 up, i get something about
> it "not finding PHY.." or something along those lines...
> DHCP never seems to want to pick up, so, ive went the manual configration
> route, and still have problems. If you can look at what I have here,
> perhaps someone can give me a cloo on what to try where for a manual
> config.
> My IP address comes from a Win98 PC on DSL, thru its funky but fuctional
> "Internet Connection Sharing" app.
> Crossover cable from the NIC card (PC didnt have one, nor the internal DSl
> modem, so i added the NIC), to the uplink port on the hub. From there it
> branches to 2 macs. The Mac picks up and uses the net connection just fine
> with these parameters:
> IP:
> The PC is connected to DSL thru US West (Now Quest, but the US West info is
> still in and works fine).
> The Numbers given on that account from US West are as such:
> Primary DNS:
> Secondary DNS: 204147.80.5
> IP is auto configured along with a N/A for the router on the PC.
> Now, trying to get this in manually, still seems to not want me to connect
> - perhaps theres something else beyond this configuration that has to be
> configured that i do not know about, or something.
> With the information above, when i reinstall YDL so i can set this
> manually, what should go in these lines when i choose static ip:
> IP Address: ---.---.---.--- (i used
> Netmask: ---.---.---.--- (i used
> Default gateway: ---.---.---.--- (I used - figured the "Router"
> IP as given by the TCP/IP CDEV on the Mac side means the same thing as
> gateway)
> Primary nameserver: ---.---.---.--- ( i used - this is the Pri
> DNS for US - but im suspecting that since im on this funky network
> with the fake addresses of 192.168.0.x, that it might be the cause of the
> problem, or i need to set something else up, or configure something else
> totally. it looked as though all my problems are prolly becuase it cant
> resolve what i put into netscape from X windows, but it never tells me
> anything, just sits and spins looking for the site)
> The next part im clooless completely on:
> domain name:
> host name:
> Sec. nameserver:
> Tert. nameserver:
> I attempted it this way though - i figured the domain name would be
> ""
> and the host name i guessed as whatever the Pri. DNS that uswest gave,
>, would resolve to, and that is ""
> Secondary i put in the one from uswests Sec DNS -
> tert, i wasnt sure of, i think i attemped to use the primary given to me
> for my dialup with, heh
> But all this info might just be useless to it, since im "leeching" from the
> DSL of a PC using "internet connection sharing" supplied by bill gates of
> borg and company...
> I am waiting for a reply before I wipe and reinstall it all again, so i can
> try to get this up and running on a first go..
> BTW, not really an issue yet, since if i cant get networked, it wont matter
> - i have source code i want to compile over on the Mac partition - how do i
> get it into the ext2 partition from there? possible? im dure it is - its
> been so long, but i think i was making it work when i used MkLinux.
> Is there any hope or am i just completely lost and clueless?
> Thanks all that have helped, can help, and i will try to do the same. 8-)

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