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Thread: Linix help for a Windows Networker?
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James Michael Newton wrote:
> Well, I hate to admit this, but after god knows how many Windows and Novell
> networks that I've set up and / or administered, I can't seem to get Red Hat
> 6.1 to talk on the network to my two windows computers (which work just fine
> thank you, so it must be Linux and not me, right? <GRIN>)

Micro$oft isn't very good at playing nice with other OS's on the same LAN.
Never has been, and probably never will.  But it's usually possible to
trick it into doing so.

> I've been trying to use the graphical network setup in the control panel
> (since I'm a GUI Guy although the DOS Command line is where I started and I
> know that well and I've had plenty of time in the Novell config program) but
> now suddenly, when I type startx, nothing starts. it just sits there forever
> and then returns me to a prompt when I hit ctrl-c. no error messages. Any
> ideas on how to get that back would be greatly appreciated.

Try issuing:
startx >oops 2>&1
What that will do is put all of the startup messages into a file called oops
in the current working directory.  We might be able to find something in that
file to tell what's going wrong.

Were you doing any package upgrades?  Remove any packages?  Either of those
could have done it.  Red Hat's package manager is pretty lame when it comes
to dependancy resolution.  It'll often let you remove a package that another
package depends on.

Of course, if you switched over to Debian you'd have a package manager
that's *way* better than RPM.

> I have a Windows PC with two TCP/IP stacks configured (one is the IP address
> assigned by the cable modem service subnet mask
> Gateway domain escnd1.sdca.home.com Host
> massmind and the other is subnet mask no gateway
> domain escnd1.sdca.home.com host massmind) and I'm running Proxy Plus to

I'm not familiar with Proxy Plus.  I take it it's something like Wingate?

> serve the other Windows machine which is and has its gateway
> address set to with internet settings in the control panel set
> to use a proxy server at for all access. That works fine.
> The Linux box is subnet mask network
> broadcast and default gateway (the proxy server)
Broadcast should be

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This all looks correct.  Well, at any rate it's *very* similar to what
I've got here.  But that first line is, as far as I know, not needed.
Also, show the output of:

> I can ping and as expected.
> I can ping and (the two TCP/IP stacks on the
> main Windows server) although they respond twice for every one ping
> (a "DUP" shows up after the second one.)

HAL9000:~# ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=114 time=322.4 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=114 time=306.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=114 time=316.0 ms (DUP!)
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=114 time=406.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=114 time=415.9 ms (DUP!)
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=114 time=296.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=114 time=305.7 ms (DUP!)
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=114 time=305.9 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=114 time=315.6 ms (DUP!)

--- ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, +4 duplicates, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 296.0/332.1/415.9 ms

As do I from here.  Strange.

> I can't ping or any known good ip addresses out on the
> internet. No even the cable modem gateway at

HAL9000:~# ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=242 time=1466.6 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=242 time=1901.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=242 time=2363.6 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=242 time=2383.4 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=242 time=2843.3 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=242 time=2843.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=242 time=2863.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=242 time=2862.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=242 time=1893.2 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=242 time=903.4 ms

--- ping statistics ---
11 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 9% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 903.4/2232.4/2863.1 ms

*Very* slow, with one packet lost.  Perhaps they were just having a bad
time when you tried?  Nah, that's probably not it.  I'm suspecting it
might be ipchains that's doing this to you.  Try issuing:
ipchains -L
and see what it says.  Sometimes the default setting for ipchains are
a bit *too* restrictive.

> Netscape couldn't http anything either, including which is
> running an http server or or which all work
> from the windows machine (both of them). Of course I can't get to it
> anymore since, remember, x-windows will not start anymore.... I really
> don't know what I did.

Try it with lynx.  That's a command line browser.  Let's work on the
networking first, then we'll worry about the GUI stuff.
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In reply to: <003101bfc827$d4e63680$0100a8c0@escnd1.sdca.home.com>; from jamesnewton@GEOCITIES.COM on Sat, May 27, 2000 at 03:06:37PM -0700
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