>Then hang at this point. Any ideas why interfaces
>don't become active even thought it appears to
Just out of interest, what NICs are you using? I've located
particularly odd behaviour with the dual-port Compaq NICs I've got.
My LAN is on the on-board NIC (and I don't have a problem with that) and
I have two dual-port Compaq NICs for the other networks. I have one
machine on OPT1 with a cross-over cable and a 'foreign', visiting
machine on OPT2. When the machine on OPT1 or OPT2 is off for any length
of time and then comes back, everything looks normal - both ends have
links lights but no traffic gets through. The machine on OPT2 cannot
get a DHCP address.
The only way I discovered to resolve this was to access the hidden page
status.php. I further tracked this down to it actually running
'ifconfig -a'. After doing that, the port effectively comes alive and
traffic starts flowing.
It would seem to be a bug in the network driver.
I think this problem also affects my WAN interface but I've never been
in a position to test it, although on the odd occasion I've had to
restart I usually have problems.
When I manage to find some nice, quiet fans for my 3Com switch, I'll be
go down to one interface and VLANs so hopefully won't suffer from this.
Neil A. Hillard E-Mail: neil at dana dot org dot uk