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Old 09-19-2002, 02:10 PM   #1
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Netgear FA311 NIC


I have a fresh install of Redhat Linux 7.3 on my computer with the Netgear FA311 adapter. My question is how do I install it so that I can access my network and the internet? I am new to Linux so my troubleshooting skills are limited. As I understand it, this adapter uses a National Semiconductor chipset, which a driver is included with Redhat 7.3. Also included with Redhat 7.3 is a graphical Network Configuration utility accessed by the Application Starter - System - Network Configuration. You have the option to add a hardware device, which I have tried, but I do not know the Mem:, IO:, IO1:, IO2:, DMA0:, or the DMA1:. I would very much like to set up the FA311 using the graphical utility if possible. I should note that this same card is auto-detected and auto-configurated under Mandrake Linux 8.2 so I am positive that the card will function under the latest Linux kernel. I am testing the waters with Linux and want to try out the different versions. Under Mandrake 8.2, my NIC is detected and auto-configured automatically, but my sound card is not supported. Under Redhat 7.3, my sound card is auto-detected and configured, but my NIC is not. I have checked their website but they offer no help for Redhat 7.3. Your response is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Ryan Dunn
 
Old 09-19-2002, 10:05 PM   #2
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Check "lsmod" next time you have the Mandrake up, for which NIC driver module is loaded (natsemi, maybe).
Then try "modprobe natsemi" on the RH., and see if the Network Configuration tool sees the card. For PCI cards, you should not need to specify any of the Mem, IO and such, but I am not familiar with that GUI utility, so ymmv.

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Old 09-20-2002, 01:34 AM   #3
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Smile I need a little bit more help

Ok,
First thanks for the suggestions, they worked. I knew that the card used the natsemi.o driver, but I didn't know how to do the modprobe thing. As soon as i did the modprobe natsemi, I could ping out and my internet worked perfect. What I need to know now is how to I tell RedHat to do the modprobe thing on startup? I added a line to my modules.conf file in the /etc directory "alias natsemi.o" and it loads the module on startup, but I need it to do the modprobe thing on startup as well. If I don't do the modprobe, I cannot ping out and the internet doesn't work. But as soon as I do the modprobe, the internet works. Thanks for all your suggestions.
Ryan
 
Old 09-20-2002, 11:13 AM   #4
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modprobe _is_ how the module gets loaded. I think RH needs some file in /etc/syscontrol or somesuch place so that it knows to startup your NIC on boot.

Can a RH user give him the details????

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Old 09-22-2002, 06:28 PM   #5
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Redhat Help

Is anyone familiar with Redhat 7.3 that could tell me what I need to do so that the system does the modprobe automatically on boot? Thanks.
 
Old 09-22-2002, 07:08 PM   #6
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The line in /etc/modules.conf is

alias eth0 natsemi

The file you need to change for your network specifics is:

/etc/sysconfig/networking-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

Or something close to that at least, won't be hard to find.

Cheers,

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Old 09-23-2002, 01:42 AM   #7
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Smile Thanks

It works! Thanks so much.
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