Basically I want to preseed ubuntu server set up but it keeps on saying file can't be loaded, so I was thinking maybe there is something wrong with my internet connection. But there is no ping or ifconfig at boot menu, so I don't know how to check that.

  • Press ctrl-alt-f2 (or f3, f4) to get to a TTY and use ifconfig. – muru Apr 10 '15 at 7:42
  • Why in the boot menu? Reboot the machine and use the console as muru has proposed. – A.B. Apr 10 '15 at 8:04

Maybe try live booting?

Once at the cli, ping googles DNS server with

ping -c 4

That proves you're reaching the outside world

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