Well, I'm trying to breathe some new life into my 400MHz Celeron machine with this snappy little Linux distro called Vector Linux. First off, I'm impressed that I was able to get it installed (version 5.8 - standard) - not many of the other distros that I tried were successful at all.
One major stumbling block I'm running into is getting my internet connection up and running. Now, I was able to connect to the internet with this machine when running a couple of live-cd distros (DSL and Puppy). I'm having one heck of a time trying to get it to work with Vector. I'm relatively new to Linux, so that's part of my problem.
Here's my setup. DSL modem plugs into a DHCP-enabled router, which then plugs into my machine. During the install of Vector, I got to the "SET NETWORK METHOD" screen and was given the following message,"Network device eth0 is currently not present. If you are going to add it later using PCMCIA, hotplug or wireless devices, then you may continue to choose DHCP, STATIC or PROBE connection method. Otherwise, you should choose NONE. Please make your selection:" I chose DHCP, but was very confused as to why I received this message. The rest of the install succeeded (or at least it seems that way); however, I cannot connect to the internet.
Here's a snippet of the output from lspci:
01:0c.0 Ethernet controller: C-Link System Inc RTL8139 Ethernet (rev 10)
and ifconfig gives me:
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:18 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:18 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:1260 (1.2 KiB) TX bytes:1260 (1.2 KiB)
and that's it. No eth0....nothing. Also, under /dev, there is no eth* listed there, either.
Any help that you could provide will be greatly appreciated.