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Re: getting broadband working on my new AMD64 box....

On Sat, Jan 27, 2007 at 12:20:48AM +0000, Michael Fothergill wrote:
> Dear Debianists,
> I have now installed Etch AMD64 RC1 successfully on my new AMD64 box.  
> The only problem I have is that the internet connection isn't working.
> My old box is an AMD Duron 1200 Mhz 32 bit machine which is running Etch 
> i386.  The internet connection works fine on it.
> I use NTL broadband cable.

what is NTL? is that a provider?
> I have used the old box to help me get information about my internet 
> connection.
> If you look in the network tools window you get information for eth0
> IP address.
> It is  and this is NTL.
> I checked with the whoami tool.
> I also looked in the network configuration box in the network admin 
> icon.  I found that the DNS server numbers for NTL are and 

[snip ifconfig output.]
> My question is: what is the best use of this information when I 
> disconnect the old box and plug in the new one to help it hook up to NTL?
> I could just put the DNS numbers in the network admin window for example.

you could do that, but unless you're paying for fixed ip, you are
probably getting you're ip from a dhcp server that NTL(?) has
provided. This means the name servers are being set in
/etc/resolv.conf by their dhcp server as well and could change on you
without warning. a proper dhcp client setup would take care of that
for you. I would just boot it and see what happens. Important too is
the contents of /etc/network/interfaces. post that if you have

Probably you  need something like 

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

although, if you're running gnome (as I've found out the hard way) it
can be a little confusing as its not clear what package has authority
for getting the ip address.


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