results of my try.

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Wed Jan 28 05:26:49 UTC 2015

As root, do:
ifconfig and check which interfaces show up.  Your ethernet might be 
picked up as another interface, e.g. eth1.
You should simply first test by pinging your router.
HTH, Willem

On Tue, 27 Jan 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:

> Hi all,
> here is what happened when seeking the ip address.
> Let me explain how I set up the machine.
> before even booting I put the dsl cable I am using now to send
> this message into the linux box, keeping it connected to my
> modem/rooter  as usual.
> Because  we were pressed for time,  after letting speakup start,
> and entering my username, Karen, and my password, I simply used
> the print screen key to  silence speakup.
> the error message we got is below.
> I saw karen at suburst:~s and there was no other place to type so
> after karen at sunburst:~s I typed /sbin/ifconfig eth0 as instructed
> the message we got was:  eth0: error fetching interface
> information: Device not Found
> We tried the step more than once to be sure.
> let me add that typing shutdown -h  also produced an error, so I
> simply turned off the machine after restoring speakup.
> The Ethernet card was in the computer before the hard drive
> containing Debian was installed, so was the rest of the hardware
> Linux identified.
> thoughts?
> Karen
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