Re: Inactive NIC
Is the nvnet module loaded in the kernel? /sbin/lsmod
If not loaded, then verify that nvnet was installed correctly. If it's there great, then we look at the configuration of networking.
ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/nvnet.o
In short, is it a kernel related problem at this point or a network configuration issue?
Remember that /var/log/messages is your friend - that log file tells you what is happening on the system so there may be clues there too.