Further comments on your troubles:
I’m really frustrated after recalling all the Centos/webmin problems. I’ve tried now for 3 days to get centos4 to work on my server box. I’ve tried numerous levels of install from minimal to full and all with the same problem. Inability to develop an internet connection. I’ve tried the suggestions I saw in the centos forum (no PnP, different NICs) and the same problem. The NIC is connected, active, pingable from the outside, set with a qualified hostname, ifconfig is fine, it just won’t resove.
First step: Stop reinstalling. It is unnecessary and a waste of your time. Any installation will provide basic networking capability. After that you can install any additional packages or other stuff you need using yum, very easily.
I’ve never seen any sort of problem with Intel NICs and CentOS. I fear you’re making this step way more complicated than it needs to be.
Run system-config-network and follow the prompts. Save it. This will give you a basic network configuration, and if the values you gave it are correct, it will work. Restart the network service:
service network restart
Now, turn off the firewall temporarily for testing:
service iptables stop
Progressively more complicated tests of connectivity and configuration:
Assuming all of these work, you have working network connectivity. If any of them fail, let me know which one and I’ll tell you how to fix it. Any one of them is extremely easy to fix. Just gotta isolate the problem.
The install script goes fine up until it tries to connect to virtualmin.com then times out and dies.
Yes, if the network isn’t properly configured, there’s no way the installer is going to work.
Any suggestions? Alternate stable OS. It seems like RH and it’s babies are so intent on being cutting edge they’ve left legacy behind well short of it’s lifespan.
That hasn’t been my experience at all with RHEL/CentOS. It’s definitely not bleeding edge (though Fedora certainly is), and exceedingly stable. Network configuration problems are just that…configuration problems. Easily remedied, assuming the hardware is well-supported. Intel NICs are very well supported. Once we isolate which part of your network settings aren’t setup right, it’ll be easy to fix.
Oh, yeah, once you’re finished testing without the firewall, turn it back on with service iptables start and then run all the tests again. Should be fine–the default firewall isn’t too strict to be useful, though we don’t yet automatically open the ports we need in the installer–but if not, let me know and I’ll post the rules you’ll need to fix whatever problems pop up.