[lug] Mandrake 10.1 DHCP on cable

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Tue Dec 21 09:23:11 MST 2004

D. Stimits wrote:
> I'm trying to help a relative install Mandrake 10.1 on his system (I 
> wish it were KRUD or Fedora), and it appears that his network driver (it 
> is integrated nVidia board ethernet) is working. It appears that we have 
> an outgoing DHCP request (the cable modem sees it), but either no 
> response is coming back or the response is "no way, go away", I'm not 
> sure which (I think the firewall software *might* be correct but I'm not 
> positive). This is on comcast locally. Can anyone give me some clues on 
> Mandrake setup for use with comcast? I have no problems with 
> KRUD/Fedora, but this Mandrake has different layout of files, and I'm 
> not succeeding.

Does Comcast still do that thing where the first MAC address they see 
has to be used for all future machines?

If you have a hub (not a switch) and another Linux machine or laptop 
with tcpdump (or if you must... a Windows machine running Ethereal) you 
can see what the response is from the DHCP server.


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