[Cbsupport] Linux addresses & Dell Base Station Network driver(s)

Chris Guiver guiverc at ozemail.com.au
Fri May 16 10:29:01 UTC 2003


(a) LINUX TCP/IP address ?

My linux desktop can't speak to any other machines on my network. If I ping from the linux machine, I can see traffic flow past the other machines (which have LED's on them), but the machines don't recognize the address as within my limit.

All my systems are in the address range 192.168.132.xy (for TCP/IP), but cannot find where on the linux desktop (or how) I tell it what address it is to use.

My "/etc/hosts" file (which I assumed was the answer looks like ....            debian  localhost  loopback debian localhost
#linux linux nt   nt_server    (my DHCP server) os2 os2  98   98  dos  dos_486
where I modified the linux line (without storing the old address) to eb the address I wanted it to be, but have since discovered it's supposed to point to linux on the www.... As I didn't note the address, I can't put it back.

How is the address given to a linux machine (mine's the original non-spell checking DEBIAN 2.2.2 as installed on my machine) ? Where is the LINUX line I deleted supposed to point (each time it boots, it reminds me of my mistake - telling me it's pointing to a wrong address)... ?

(b) Dell Latitude XPi not using Ethernet base station for TCP/IP

A second problem - the machine is a DELL Latitude XPi, but it won't take advantage of the Dell Ethernet base platform (which is where the LAN cable fits). It's as if a driver needed to tell LINUX to look for the ethernet card (external to the machine - in it's base) is needed which isn't on my machine.

Only if I borrow a PCMCIA card cable have I been able to get the machine to ping at all. While I'm happy to transfer files via floppy (for printing etc.), any files bigger than a floppy I cannot get off the machine as I can't get the machine to speak to my others (running DOS, OS/2 & generally old software). The screen, keyboard and other connections are fine - but the network connection is dead.

My cable is thin ethernet, Grant gave me with the machine Alloy 10Base2/T Converteor which has lights - nothing at all will light up from the base station; a borrowed cable connected to the PCMCIA gets traffic - just it isn't recognized. To me it's a driver problem - forcing the machine to look outside itself to the base/cradle... but that's an opinion.

Any help appreciated (either problem)

With Thanks, Chris Guiver.
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