[Techtalk] thanks for all the help!

John White John.White at Sun.COM
Mon Aug 5 11:06:52 EST 2002


I recommend resetting your cable modem to force a change of your "semi static dhcp" address. Please accept my apology if you already know how to do this and don't need the following:

Shut down (power off) all DHCP-using machines on your LAN. Power off the switch/hub that has the cable modem as a WAN link. Power off the cable modem, and leave it off for several minutes to ensure that the capacitor powering its memory has fully discharged. Power everything back up in reverse order (cable modem > switch/hub > PCs). You should be able to verify that a forced DHCP release/renew has occurred.

Good luck!



Sam Bradshaw wrote:
> Thank you all for your help!!
> Thank you also "Hamster" for you philosophical advice and moral support. I
> think you are totally right, I have to just tackle on thing at a time.. How
> do I know if I have lilo or the other thing by the way? Will it say on boot
> up? Also I have a fast AMD machine, why is boot up so slow with Linux?
> I definitely need a firewall (on nt2000 I have mcafee firewall, seems to be
> doing the trick), because of some postings that I made on a "religious" user
> group people are not trying to destroy my computer non-stop. I was trying to
> help someone out who was stuck in a cult on a Yahoo group, little did I
> realize that my static IP (or semi static dhcp, it never changes
> though)would get around so quickly through the Yahoo email system. I have a
> cable modem you see. So when I go to Linux I don't want to have things go to
> hell overnight.. Also it would be nice to know how to figure out a way how
> to hack into these horrible cult members machines that are trying to get
> into my machine (actually got in several times before the personal
> firewall). If you are interested to see what that hype is about I can send
> you the URL to the Yahoo group if you are interested in this issue. All that
> aside:
> OK, now because of your responses I have more questions and want to add
> additional information.
> 1)I have the free downloaded version of Mandrake 8.0
> 2)I added a viewsonic plat panel display in addition to my fancy mouse and
> keyboard -- everything now looks like shite! I support the who Linux idea,
> but so far I have been struggling. Maybe I should just switch to Red Hat and
> buy it?
> 3)I am now "feeling" that maybe I should buy Linux because it seems that the
> manuals would help me (someone suggested this)
> 4) Which Linux should I buy?? Should I rush out and buy Mandrake or Red
> hat??
> 5) In relation to the excellent suggestions of the hamster - I decided to
> prioritize getting USB to work because I can't type or move the mouse
> pointer around without getting the keyboard and mouse to work. That probably
> sounds like a good plan!?! In that case would a "newer" Mandrake version or
> other distribution take care of this issue do you think?
> 6) All this talk of installation handlers has me confused.. Someone pointed
> out a cmd line command that would allow me to "install" a downloaded file
> (rpm).. What the heck is an RPM, is it like a zip? If I don't use the
> command line, what is this other installation thingy about?
> Sorry to be such a dummy looser...just kidding!
> Sam
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