Hi from a Linux Newbie!I have taken the plunge and am trying Linux for the first time. Apart from the system running very slowly (1.8G Athlon - I have seen Server 2003 with Exchange booting faster!), I cannot get the network to work at all! I have tried DHCP and static IP's - neither works. The system seems to be recognising the network card as a Realtek chipset based device, but I don't seem to be able to get the system to send or recieve any packets? With a static IP, I can ping itself, but I can't get any response to pinging anything else. I have tried getting rid of IVP6 - no effect. I have used a (Windows - based) network sniffer and it detects the MAC address of the network card, so I know the hardware of the network card is working. Am I overlooking something stupid? Any suggestions gratefully accepted before I throw the machine through the nearest window/reinstall Win XP!