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Old 06-13-2004, 01:14 PM   #1
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Failed detection of "Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139" network card


I don't think this exact question has been asked, but I know similar ones have.

I am running SuSE 9.0 with the 2.2.4-199 kernel, and I have a RealTek RTL-8139 nic. When I start Linux , it goes through grub and starts init.

Setting up hostname 'dumbledore' unused

I do not normally get this.

Starting network interfaces
eth0 failed

It then doesn't detect the card. I have tried configuring it with YaST and SuSEPlugger, but to no avail.

Please help!
 
Old 06-13-2004, 01:26 PM   #2
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Sounds like a hardware problem - SuSE pretty good at finding working hardware - my own card is Realtek and YaST found it no problem. Could be card not seated correctly in PCI slot or could be not working.

If you have driver disk and dos disk there's probably setup and diagnostic program you could run - I have had problems before with NICs that have plug and play mode or NE2000 compatible mode.
 
Old 06-13-2004, 01:33 PM   #3
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Sorry, I don't, nothing came with it. The nic sits perfectly in the PCI slot.

But I'll have a look around anyway
 
Old 06-13-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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Has it ever been working under linux? If so check the start up log and system log for error messages. Did you do something to your config before it stopped working?

If you go to YaST .. Hardware .. Hardware information and look under Network card and PCI does it show up? If not then highly likely its faulty.

Could try taking card out, booting into linux, closing down and then putting card back in and then see if it recognises it.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 11:40 AM   #5
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The card has worked, but very intermittently. The annoying thing is that it shows up on the hardware info on YaST, but it doesnt work. I also notice that eth0 is not shown in ifconfig, and that /dev/eth0 doesnt exist.
 
Old 06-15-2004, 05:34 AM   #6
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Simplest solution is to try new network card - if that works bin the old one. I've had 2 NICs die on me in the last couple of years so they do go.
 
  


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