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Old 08-14-2003, 12:32 PM   #1
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problem with network interfaces during boot time

Hi everybody, i have a problem like subject.

During boot time, i receive the message:

Configuring network interfaces...

with my system blocked, and i have to reboot ( but the next time i'll receive the same message ).
So i can't load my linux system (Debian).

I have an 8029 Realtek compatibily network interface, and it never worked. But it didn't matter, since i could load my system.
Now i can't, and i don't know how solve this problem.

Can somebody help me?
(and if possible doing work my network interface...)

Bye and thanks in advance.
Old 08-14-2003, 01:04 PM   #2
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First step is to identify whether you are using the correct driver for your net card.

as root will list the modules.

do some research as to what the correct module you should be using is, and write down or print out what you find out.

Alright, now depending on your bootloader, you should be able to get into single-user mode without problems.

Do this by using the command
linux single
at the lilo boot prompt.

That should boot you into single user mode (root access, be careful it can be dangerous)

Now poke around in the /etc/rc.d/ directory and look through the scripts to see which one is loading your network interface. It'll probably be rc.M or rc.4 or rc.inet1 rc.inet2 etc.

M means multiuser mode, 4, is the same thing -- it varies by distribution.

You can use the command
less <filename>
to read what's in the file and
joe <filename>
to edit it.

Add comments like this to comment out the section that sets up the net interface on boot --
modprobe via-rhine
change that to...
#modprobe via-rhine
Adding the "#" sign comments out lines, and they are ignored.

Now, reboot and you should be able to get into multiuser mode, but without ethernet at this point.

Use the info you learned about your card and the correct driver, try to load the module with
modprobe <module name>
the other option would be to boot from another distrobution -- based on floppy disc or cd, and muck around from there to see where the problem is if you can't boot into single user mode.

Good luck!

Old 08-14-2003, 06:17 PM   #3
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didn't give me anything useful (there are 2 modules loaded, nothing about internet interfaces).

I have rc4.d directory, but inside it there are many files, therefore i don't know what file i have to edit and modify.
Old 08-15-2003, 07:32 AM   #4
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Anybody can help me?

Otherwise i can't load my linux system...


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