I installed mandrake 10.2 on a dell 1850 and configured IP during install. After reboot, ifconfig showed no IPv4 bound to the interfaces. Manually adding an IP with ifconfig showed an IP but the interface still couldn't ping itself. After this a reboot made the interfaces go away. ifconfig only showed the loopback and serial interfaces.
The server came with dual intel Gbit interfaces. Installing a PCI 3com gave the same results.
When I installed white box linux there were no issues with networking.
Can anyone suggest how to get our standard disribution to work with these servers?