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why does eth0 disappear when i set a static IP (server 12.10)

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http://askubuntu.com – For some reason, if i try to set a static IP address, my eth0 disappears from ifconfig's output. I am running ubuntu server 12.10 on a gateway laptop. auto eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp gives this output when i run ifconfig eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx inet addr:192.168.1.101 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::2e0:b8ff:fee7:f71c/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:281 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:352 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 car (HowTos)