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Why do I have to reconfigure every day????

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Chris Johnson, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. Why do I have to run sys-unconfig every day on my U2, otherwise it
    stops seeing the internet or email?

    Nothing fancy here. A straight, unmodified install of Solaris 9
    on a dual 200 MHz Ultra 2 with a gig of RAM, HME0 onboard ethernet
    in use, HME1 10/100 ethernet NOT in use, 2 9.1gb drives, and that's
    about the total extent of it.

    When I power it up in the afternoon or evening or whenever it is that
    I want to use it (It doesn't stay on 24/7 for a number of reasons
    including heat, noise, and political reasons), it NEVER sees email
    or the internet unless I sys-unconfig it and reconfigure it, and then
    it's good to go until I shut it off.

    Any ideas?

    Chris Johnson, Jul 30, 2003
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  2. A few more details would be helpful. How does it connect to the
    internet? How do you read email? Does it have a fixed IP ? Contents of
    /etc/hosts ? contents of /etc/resolv.conf ...

    I'm no networking expert, but know enough to know you have not
    supplied sufficient information for anyone to really help you.

    Dr. David Kirkby,
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    Department of Medical Physics,
    University College London,
    11-20 Capper St, London, WC1E 6JA.
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    Dr. David Kirkby, Jul 31, 2003
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  3. Connection is via DHCP, direct line from the HME0 port to a 4 port hub,
    sharing a cable modem with my PC. Mail client is Netscape, as is the

    This configuration is as dead simple as I know how to make it. Once
    I run sys-unconfig and then reconfigure it, DHCP is enabled, no name
    service, and regional settings as appropriate. That's ALL. Straight
    to the hub, then to the cable modem.

    And the funny thing is, not too long ago, it always worked without
    monkeying with it...but I know now that the Solaris install I was using
    then was INCOMPLETE. The entire 2nd disc's contents had NOT been

    Chris Johnson, Jul 31, 2003
  4. Chris Johnson

    Yuan Guest

    I would replace the hub with a broadband router, most cable ISP only
    provide single dynamic/static IP at all time, if you have both of your
    on, your cable modem will not know which MAC to choose from.
    Does this problem happen all the time or only after someone use the PC
    to connect first?
    Has your ISP recently extand their DHCP server IP releasing time?
    If you don't want to change the hub into a router, you might want to release
    the ip manually after each use in case their DHCP server doesn't renew the
    client database too often.

    That's about as much as I know....

    Yuan, Aug 1, 2003
  5. Chris Johnson

    Andrew Kam Guest

    Good morning all!

    Post your technical queries to if you are based in
    the Asia Pacific region (including Australia and New Zealand). This is the
    Technical Support area. They should be able to point you in the right

    However, unless you have a Cobalt machine - all other hardware and software
    support requires you to have a valid maintenance contract number with Sun.
    If you don't have one, be prepared to pay for time and materials costs.

    Best regards
    Andrew Kam, Aug 4, 2003
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