Hi Falko, thanks for replying
Yes - I tried that (seemed obvious really) but I got the same sort of error, implying the device wasn't there. It certainly didn't exist in /dev, although eth0 did. Very very strange. Again, sorry for the lack of a verbose error message - unless I try to get a TTY on a com port and copy/paste from that, I've no easy way other than manual typing...
I'm wondering whether I've stumbled across some bizare driver bug or something, never seen anything like this in all my years doing server admin, and I have built a lot of Linux boxes in that time!
My next step is probably to try and boot from an Ubuntu 8.10 live CD and see if that detects the interface properly, and if it does, I'll attempt an upgrade. I might try the same trick with 7.10 first, to see if upgrading would solve it.
Why do I always find the awkward questions
Thanks again, Neil