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    Exclamation Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    Hi,

    I have a problem with my laptop. I tried to follow instructions to edit etc/network/interfaces to allow me to have a static IP. It didnt work, and now when I boot my PC it says: Waiting for network configuration, and then Booting without network configuration. I have tried editing interfaces again, but I have only mucked it up even more tbh. How can I get my Internet back? I need it really fast to do some work! Can I reset its default values or something? I'm a little new to Linux, and I have been using my iPod for Internet.

    Thanks,

    Barrysmith

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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    Quote Originally Posted by zesterer View Post
    Hi,

    I have a problem with my laptop. I tried to follow instructions to edit etc/network/interfaces to allow me to have a static IP. It didnt work, and now when I boot my PC it says: Waiting for network configuration, and then Booting without network configuration. I have tried editing interfaces again, but I have only mucked it up even more tbh. How can I get my Internet back? I need it really fast to do some work! Can I reset its default values or something? I'm a little new to Linux, and I have been using my iPod for Internet.

    Thanks,

    Barrysmith
    Yes you can change the original settings back to the default. but it would really help us to help you if we knew a little more about your network settings you have? Can you post that information? Perhaps the contents of /etc/network/interfaces
    To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    I don't really need a static IP tbh. I just want the settings back to how they were (I never touched the network settings before). How can I return them to default? :S

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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    The contents of this file should look something like this for default
    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo eth0
    iface lo inet loopback

    # The primary network interface
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    once thats change then
    sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
    To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    You should really backup system files you are editing prior to fiddling

    You can do that from a file manager easily enough. You'd need to run it as root to copy it back.

    With a terminal

    Code:
    sudo cp /path/to/original /path/to/backup
    for example

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.bak
    I use nano to edit files, running it with -B creates a backup.

    Code:
    sudo nano -B /etc/network/interfaces
    My interfaces file is

    Code:
    # interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    I agree with Elfy on that always a good idea to make a back up prior to edit.
    To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
    Author: Robert Orben

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    Re: Urgent networking problem, PLEASE respond!

    It works in that it no longer boots up strange, and there is now a wireless icon, and I can connect to my router. But I still can't access the Internet for some reason or another.

    Thanks for the MASSIVE help guys, you're lifesavers

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