Hey all. A quick background (which you can skip if you don't care): I'm a Linux newbie who picked FC3 almost at random. I'd like a basic Linux box I can bang around on for a while and get familiar with, so that when I set up a MythTV or PVR, I'll have some idea of what I'm doing. It was mostly something to do with a dormant machine. I gave up on Linux twice already -- once in college and once right after college. Both times it was just too damned complicated. I heard a colleague tell me the other day that "Oh, linux has gotten so much easier to use!" so I figured I'd come back and give it another try. Five hours later, I'm ready to walk away. I'm typing this from a WinXP box.
So: I just did a brand-new install of FC3 on an old Dell box, and am trying to get eth0 to initialize properly. I'm behind a Linksys firewall+router (BEFSR41) that hands out IP addresses of the form 192.168.1.xxx (subnet mask 255.255.255.0), and is configured to hand out up to four such addresses. I have two computers on the network already, both WinXP machines, which have no problem getting their addresses from the router.
I try to initialize eth0 using FC3's Network Configuration Utility, and it gives me the remarkably unhelpful "...failed." message when I initialize eth0. I suspect there is something very basic and stupid I'm forgetting to do, and that someone with more than two hours' worth of Linux experience will come along and say either "You didn't tell it that it was localhost," or "You forgot to configure /etc/bind/magic/foo-grep.ascii.config!" or some such incantation.
Here's your chance: convince me that this is not a typical problem, please tell me that I'm missing something painfully obvious, and that Fedora Core 3 usually just recognizes eth0 transparently. Oh, and if you could, please outline what the problem might be, or suggest things that a total newbie would not know. If you want me to read man pages, you'll have to give me the incantation (e.g. "man grep" or "man eth0" or "man thisblows").