> I have further tracked down the problem I had with the 1 minute
> slowdown when booting Linux Mandrake 7.1 on Dell Latitude CPxj.
> I now suspect it's not the Ethernet, but a bug in the video card that
> is guilty of doing the nasty thing.
> I think that because the system boots fine until it gets to the
> console login (it shows the text-mode penguin and asks for login).
> Then, the X graphics mode starts automatically (KDE), and *here* is
> where the system waits for 1 minute. I believe the network is
> already initialized at this point.
It is probably trying to use the DNS to look up its own name. I had my
RedHat system do something similar 'off the wire'. Gnome effectively
hung when I tried to login. (It was trashing swap space).
Putting the systems own name in /etc/hosts fixed it. I assume it asks
for its own IP address several time during the startup of the GUI, and
each time, it asked each DNS server in turn and waited for a response
Make sure the system's own name is in /etc/hosts and make sure
nsswitch.conf has it set to look at /etc/hosts before trying the DNS.