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TCP Issues (firewall at eth0) how to proceed ...

Generally: Subject -  PCI controller issues and stable Debian vs latest ubuntu
Specifically: message-id 20070508220709.GB12761@einstein.jorgensen.org.uk

I disabled the onboard lan chip and put in a standalone ethernet card.
Here's two relevant lines from a current dump of lspci:
  (This dump was made from a previous install of ubuntu, which picked up
   the davicom)
01:05.0 Ethernet controller: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc. 21x4x DEC-Tulip 
compatible 10/100 Ethernet (rev 31)
01:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 
Controller (PHY/Link)
I've installed from the netinst cd for debian 4.0
During the network configuration dialogue - I chose the first choice, which
associates eth0 with the Firewire device.
The davicom device was shown as eth1 (if I recall correctly)
Couldn't reach any mirrors for software updates or security updates,
ifconfig shows an IP address configured as I requested, put can't ping 
anything on my home network, nor can I ping this machine.

To proceed, I'm open to recommendations:
Should I:
1)Re-install, choosing the davicom (the stand-alone ethernet card)
2)Tweak the bare-bones system 
   If so - where to start. I'm a programmer comfortable with the command
   line. Several years background in RH and slack, but not a OS geek.
   As I write, I've shut the machine down, is vi(m) with the barebones 
   If not, what editor? - That way I can familiarize myself beforehand.
Links to docs are welcome.
Tim Johnson <tim@johnsons-web.com>
Palmer, Alaska, USA

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