It always helps if you provide some basic system information and what
you are having problems with when you post questions to the
That info helps us to provide better examples/responses.
Which window manager/desktop environment,
they have different icons and file access locations.
There are several "linuxes": Red Hat, Slackware, SuSE, Debian, Mandrake,
Caldera, Corel, Yellow Lab, Black Lab, WinLinux, PhatLinux, Linux On A
Floppy, slinux, Trinux, Peanut and
(Rock, Armed, Stampede, Tiny. Power, Coyote) Linux, to name a few.
Always provide what distro and release level you are using
when you post questions (Redhat 6.1, Suse 5.0, Mandrake 8.2,...).
Different distros have different commands, files, and links to files,
pacakges and package/software managers.
Even happens between release levels of the same distribution.
Internet connection problem (ISP, cable, adsl, PPPoE, LAN, dialup, eth0. USB..)
If dhcp, which client (pump, dhcpcd, dhclient,...)
Firewall (Bastille, Tiny, Smoothwall ..) , which type ipchains, iptables,...
Window manger, application problem/question give the name
(gnome, kde, sawmill, kscd, kmix, eroaster, ...) Different
window managers can have different programs.
Give us error messages if you have them.
Look in your logs, /var/log/messages on Redhat and Mandrake.
Example: Using RH 7.3, kde, dhcpcd though a cable modem on RR in Fortworth Tx.
ipchains Tinyfirewall is disabled. Still cannot get a lease.
Get to the command line on the windows box and do a
ipconfig /all or if using dhcp on Mandrake,
and check the following for valid numbers.
Do do a ipconfig /release on the win box, power reset the modem then
do a service network restart on the linux box.