I just downloaded a fresh Raspbian image and I can't get the ethernet to work with it. The strange thing is that it works without problem on my OpenElec SD card.
I tried many things with the
/etc/network/interfaces file and I even tried to plug a wifi usb dongle without success.
lo no wireless extensions eth0 no wireless extension
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
with the /etc/network/interfaces :
auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto eth0 allow-hotplug eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp
I tried to switch the ethernet cable without success (even if both work with OpenElec).
It starts to turn me crazy and I think I will try with an Arch or a Pidora soon if I don't find a solution. But I'm more confortable with debian so that makes me a little bit sad :(
EDIT: Okay, network stopped working on my OpenElec install too. So I got a little angry, threw the Pi on the sofa and the network LEDs started blinking again. Everything works now. Conclusion of the story : if you don't understand why things don't work, try to break them, that'll fix them.