aha, there you go. Did you set those settings there ? If not, I would disable them. Change the file into this and reboot and see what happens:
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The primary network interface
#iface eth0 inet static
# dns-* options are implemented by the resolvconf package, if installed
I have edited and REMed out the lines per above have rebooted. I have rebooted and have the exact problem, my Ethernet subsystem is still nuked with the same message in the Taskbar. It seems my Ethernet hardware is still uninitialized. Is the a "modprobe" command I can use to poll the Ethernet card (wired and wireless).
Again thanks for your help. I have not modified Ethernet in any way (DHCP vs. Static IP) and to have an update/upgrade nuke Ethernet is frustrating. Hope this isn't happening to anyone else - but on two machines of mine? What are the odds?