Chris wrote: > Hi, > > A couple of days ago whilst running F10, a friend was inserting a USB > stick and the physical connection on the front panel of my PC broke. > The machine immediately powered off. When I booted again, everything > seemed fine except that the network connection had stopped working. > When I try "service network start", it says it's unable to determine > IP information - check cable. > > If I boot into Windows it works fine. I'm doubtful that it's a > hardware problem because (a) it works in Windows, and (b) the problem > USB connector is on the front panel and connected via a lead, i.e. > it's not directly attached to the motherboard. > > Any ideas on where to start investigating? > > As a side question, when I look in system-config-network, I've got a > device called pan0. I don't recall it being there, but it may have > been there and I just didn't notice it. I'm not using NetworkManager > as I've found it can just cause problems. Maybe I could give it a go > anyway but I suspect the problem is deeper than that. > > Thanks, Chris. > You may want to use ethtool to check the status of the NIC. It sounds like the link detect is not working. I can not remember off hand how to disable link-detect, but I know there used to be a way to turn it off. (The system will not longer try to detect if the NIC is connected...) It is possible that the USB problem sent a spike to other parts of the motherboard when you shorted it out. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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