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Re: Fwd: Billion 7800N

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM, Heddle Weaver <weaver2world@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 29 August 2011 13:05, D G Teed <donald.teed@gmail.com> wrote:
>> This would be the entry in /etc/network/interfaces I mentioned before:
>> allow-hotplug eth0
>> iface eth0 inet dhcp
>> Then reboot.  You are really not that far off from getting this up.
> Well, I've actually done this, but I didn't have too much success.
> Of course, I didn't give up trying.
> Unfortunately, I think I tried too much and too far and that's about all I
> have left in /etc/network/interfaces.

Oh.  Well, the only other thing you need is the loopback.
Typically listed first in the interfaces file:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

> I thought I'd wait until I installed the new Debian config on the new,
> secondhand PC.
> I'm actually posting from that now.
> So easy when you can access the interface.
> Once I get a successful config on the new Debian install, I was going to try
> copying the configuration over to the laptop.
> I know I've deleted something on the laptop in the 'network' config that I
> shouldn't have.

If you only mean the interfaces file, then the addition above may help.

If you mean unknown deleted files from the system, it might be
advisable to reinstall.  I think you mentioned there was a home
directory to preserve. If that is a different partition, there is
nothing written over on /home by the installer, as long as you
do not select to reformat the /home partition device.

> Doing it this way is the most constructive way to become more familiar with
> things, I think.

To a point, this is true, but often learning is easier on something
that works.  If the system is mortally wounded in an unknown
way, and you are driving into town to use webmail to get help, and driving
back to try a couple more things each time, I think there
would be less greenhouse gas produced with a reinstall.

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