Network setup problems (formerly Can anyone give me a clue)
I'm starting this thread over from one that used to be called "Can
anyone give me a clue..." . Sorry for anyone that was trying to help me
with that thread. I'm thankful for your help but feel I need to rephrase
First of all I have a crossover cable connecting my Debian machine and a
Windows XP machine. I bought it years ago as an experiment because I
didn't know if I'd ever really need a network and didn't want to invest
in anything more. But as far as I know I should be able to get a basic
network with this. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I can ping the Debian box from the windows box and can telnet in
successfully. But any attempts to ping the Windows box, either with
hostname or IP fail. Basically ping just sits there and does nothing.
When I end it I find a 100% packet loss.
Ifconfig for eth0 shows both RX and TX packets with no errors or dropped
packets. Also I notice that if I ping Debian from Debian the lo packet
count goes up not the eth0. This makes me think that it's using the lo
interface rather than the eth0. Maybe this is as it should be.
I THOUGHT that at one time I was able to ping the Windows box, but only
if I turned dialup connection via pon off. That was gist of original
message but then I found out that I could no longer reach the network
under any circumstances so I decided it was best to rephrase the
problem. I do find that if I run pon with eth0 interface up I get this
error: "chat: Can't get terminal parameters: input/output." I also find
that if I use "ifconfig eth0 up" while I'm connected via pon that I get
this error: "pppd script finished...Cannot allocate irq3." So I assume
that there is an IRQ conflict.
So I'm not sure where to start. It seems to me that the most important
thing is to first get the network working and then figure out why
there's a conflict with pon.
Thanks for any suggestions. The NIC by the way is a 3com 3c905c
Tornado. I also notice that dmesg says "eth0: Cannot allocate IRQ 3"
right after trying to load the NIC. Perhaps this is the source of the
problem. But I guess I'm thrown by the fact that I'm able to connect to
the card from Windows.
I should add that I've gone through Running Linux, Linux Network
Administrator's Guide, and Linux Administration Handbook and still
haven't been able to figure out what the problem is. Though I have to
add I never really noticed the IRQ problem before.