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Old 05-26-2002, 08:53 AM   #1
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Realtek 8139


I am having problems with my cable sharing - things were fine with Mandrake 8.2 Download. SuSE 8.0 recognises my Realtek 8139 NIC but nothing works with it. Is it possible that my card is not supported (very well!!) - I need soemthing to blame for my lack of cable sharing.
Please suggest.
 
Old 05-26-2002, 08:55 AM   #2
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your card is about THE most generic and well supported card in existance. i'd recommend using the 8139too driver, the rtl8139 one is getting on a bit.
 
Old 05-27-2002, 06:03 AM   #3
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Apologies but I'm new to this sort of investigaton.

On the SuSE site, when I searched the hardware support database, the Realtek 8139 comes up with "unknown" as its support status but other cards have "full" support status. Might this indicate that there is a problem with SuSE 8 and the Realtek 8139?
Thanks
 
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no way. i'ver never used yast2 or anything vaguely suse-y... but it WILL be supported, no problem. i run 4 8139s on my litttle network, and they've been perfectly supported for many years. maybe have a look at netconfig if yast isn't being friendly
 
Old 05-27-2002, 06:07 AM   #5
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No, what it means is that there is no card called a realtek 8139, realtek is a bit like nvidia in that they don't make retail boards but they supply the chips for third parties to use on their boards. I have an Acer Netcard and an SMC that both use the 8139 chip, you need to search the SuSE database with the name of the company that built the card for SuSE specific information.
 
Old 05-28-2002, 05:45 AM   #6
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oh heck ... I can't be bothered with this anymore. I'm really fed up with internet sharing - I just want to get on with some work rather than having the computer so that I can fiddle with its innards. My neighbour has work to do aswell and he's waiting for me to finish the setup an it ain't happening so...

Throw money at a problem..

If I buy a router, presumably I should be able to stick the cable modem in and connect up my our boxes and away we go. No more iptables to worry about.
Is there anyrhing I need to watch out for? Apart from the mac address and my cable service provider.

Help and thanks.
I wish my capacity for understanding would grow!!
 
Old 05-28-2002, 06:33 AM   #7
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You could always use an old pentium box with smoothwall or ipcop as a gateway.
 
Old 05-28-2002, 07:53 AM   #8
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But a cute little plastic hub-sized box would do the job? I really haven't got the space for an old Pentium...I suppose I could throw the chair away and sit on it? Will a purchased router that I can't open and fiddle with do the job?
 
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A router will work fine, the reason I suggested an old pentium is it would be cheaper.
 
Old 05-29-2002, 03:19 AM   #10
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all you need to get it working is to compile rtl8139too driver
no big deal ( I've done it 100+ times and never had a problem)
goto /usr/src/linux/make menuconfig
and choose
<*> RealTek RTL-8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter support
under Network devices -->[*] Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit)
and it will work 99%
if not than your eth card is bad
 
Old 05-29-2002, 05:53 AM   #11
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Cheers Aussie - I guess it would be cheaper but 88 pounds sterling won't break the bank (this time!) and that cost is divided between myself and the neighbour who is (going to share) sharing my cable connection...I reached for my copy of IPCop last night but I really couldn't face any more network stuff so I made a purchase at www.dabs.com - I've got other fish to fry. But thanks anyway :-)
 
  


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