Just installed Mint Mate on a pc I'm building. Everything worked fine, I installed the Opera web browser from the internet, tried but failed to install Seamonkey web browser (it could not be found!) and I also installed some updates which were offered to me by the operating system.
Next time I booted into Mint the networking would not work. I can ping my router (ifconfig brings up a never ending list of ping results), but not anything online (ifconfig cannot find host).
The computer is multi boot... win 2k (for important older softwares and because when newer forms of windoze go wrong they cannot be easily repaired / full reinstalls are usually required) win 7x64, win 8x64 and Mint x64.
I am used static ip addresses.
Networking works fine on the win 2k and win 7. The win 8 is not being allowed online until everything else with the pc is OK, as it will try to activate immediately - something I do not want it to do! To prevent it from going online I've not given it the static ip address information.
My dilemma is that the Mint will no longer work online, and I have no idea what to do to resolve this. OK, I've looked at a networking applet to check that the ip address is entered correctly (it is) but thats it. Firefox does connect to my router - but not the Internet! Also, none of the software update applets can connect to anything that is online. (they return error messages about not being able to find the urls they are looking for).
I assume that this is a software driver issue, and if this happened on a windows box my first thought would be to would 'roll back' the networking software - but I do not know how to do this with Linux. If such is possible.
I am thinking that the easiest and quickest solution will be to reinstall Linux, and then just not allow any updates. Possibly not wise, but out of sheer desperation it seems logical.
Can anyone suggest other ideas? btw, as I dont have networking so I am not able to download and install anything.
Another dilemma is that this is costing me much time and effort which I really cannot spare.
Thanks in advance,
ps: sound is also an issue, albeit not at login (sounds work when I login) but afterwards! But I can live with that and resolve it when I have time. Anyway, I plan to install the creative soundcard which I am already using on the pc I am replacing.