Hi everybody,

I was very happy to install BT5 but I'm having a network problem which reminds me of my Lucid install.

/etc/init.d/networking start throws up a complaint about using 'start' which is fair enough because I remember problems with Lucid last year and the fix was relatively simple.

I did the following:

service network-manager stop

I removed /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state

and then

service network-manager start

The above procedure does not work with BT5 of course because /var/lib/NetworkManager/ does not exist.

ifconfig will put eth0 up but a connection will not be established.

WICD will 'see' the network but will be unable to make a connection.

It's the first time since the mid 1990's that a simple ethernet connection has failed.

I'm sure there is something obvious I'm missing and I apologise in advance but without networking the operating system is useless.

I'm on a Vaio P by the way, which is a pain as regards poulsbo, but networking has never been a problem.

If anybody has any ideas it would be appreciated.

Take care,