Here's the situation: Up until Friday I had a dual-boot system running prefectly - Windoze XP and Linux Mint. All aspects working as they should, full network access, and so on.
On Saturday morning I thought that I'd try to install an old HP Photosmart C5100A slide scanner, which requires a SCSI card. Installed the card, loaded the latest HP Windows drivers, and plugged in the scanner. This worked, and Windows continued to run correctly.
The problem came when I tried to boot into Mint - as GRUB started I could see a brief message "NIC Failure", followed by the usual boot menu. Mint no longer knows of the existance of eth0, so all the usual networking doesn't work. Went back to XP, and that continues to work as expected. To me, it looks like the GRUB startup can't find the network card: XP can start the card by itself, but Mint can't - I presume that it relies on GRUB to get it going.
I have opened the Control Centre and tried to run Network Setting - this just hangs. I have also removed the SCSI card, but the problem remains.
So I'm after ideas - where on earth do I start to look?
Last edited by jerkins
on Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.