I've been experiencing an issue with a freshly installed Mandrake 7.0 distribution of Linux. The installation goes smoothly including the networking portion. Because I use Microsoft's ICS to share my internet connection I set up the TCPIP settings in accordance with the settings recommended in the ICS documents I was able to locate. Specifically, to obtain an IP from the DHCP server, no subnet, no gateway, no dns. Upon rebooting and starting linux, I received three consecutive dhcpcd  errors indicating that the DHCP was not acknowledging the Linux connection. I managed to get around this by logging into Linux as root and running 'dhcpcd -H', which seems to have created the appropriate files in the /etc/dhcpc directory. The problem is, on restarting I was once more greeted with the DHCP_NAK errors and, again, had to run dhcpcd -H to activate the link to the internet. Is there some way to configure linux to automatically obtain the address or, barring that, to run the dhcpcd command to activate the link?
Please, be gentle with me, I'm a complete novice with Linux. <G>