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Wheeeeee, MAC's back

Not the best of ways to do it... but thanks to kalyan & bluesmoon for the ideas. Gentoo doesn't have a ifcfg-eth0. They do funny things like having a config file /etc/conf.d/net & then set variables there, which are then called in /etc/init.d/net.eth0

I booted into FC 1, & played around to set HWADDR.... finally found out that its done using the ifconfig etho hw ether address command. Once that was done, she worked like a beauty :)

Back in Gentoo, since there isn't a ifcfg-eth0 per se, I just added a /sbin/ifconfig eth0 hw ether address to the /etc/init.d/net.eth0 script, so for now she's working fine here too.

You learn new things everyday. I never thought the MAC address could be set to one of your choice. I also have a few doubts... Should I continue using this card ? (Its a NetGear FA-311) Will there be further problems ? I could ask for a replacement....is it really necessary & lastly, anyway you can specify the MAC address in Winblows ?


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Feb. 4th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
You can do it by hacking the registry youself as mentioned at


or you can use the tool mentioned here : http://www.klcconsulting.net/smac/

Just make sure you dont pull the card out of your machine. Coz if you do, you will have to configure the new machine with all the MAC setting and which over a period of time becomes a big pain

Feb. 4th, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
no need to hack the registry or use any tools. it can be changed in the properties section of your ethernet card.

Properties fom Network Neighbourhood (or equivalent)
Choose the Network adaptor, and select properties.
One of the tabs has a listbox of keys, one of which is hardware address or something like that.
Choose that option and enter the MAC address without the colons in the box on the right.
Feb. 5th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
Dude, which OS are you talking about ? windows has no such thing
Feb. 5th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
windows. XP and 2000. Here's the verified procedure:

1. Right click on Network Neighbourhood, choose properties
2. Right click on Local Area Connection, choose properties
3. Select the network card, click on configure
4. Click on the Advanced Tab, select Network Address from the list box
5. Select Value on the radio button to the right.
6. Enter the new MAC address without the colons.

I needed to do this because my cable net only works with a specific MAC address, which had me locked out when I changed my network card.
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)
This works fine. I set it this way in 2000.
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
The first link you gave me has the same steps listed as the "easy way" of doing things ;) So yeah its there.
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