Newbie: Onboard Intel PRO/100 VE Support?
I have an old distro of Mandrake (7.2) that I have installed to my second hard drive. When I got the driver for my onboard LAN port from Intel's support site (using XP), Linux labeled it "Intel EtherExpress 100", and then failed to recognize the device when I tried to configure it. The documentation gives loads of IDs of devices that the driver supports, but I cannot seem to match the numbers up (no number on the device's label matches the pattern Intel is giving me), so I can't help but assume that I have the wrong driver. It also labels my device as CNR instead of onboard PCI.
I figured that a later version may solve this, so I downloaded Mandrake 9.1. Before I run the upgrade and go through configuring the system again, I just wanted to find out if anyone knew whether or not Linux has any support for Ethernet devices that are onboard?
Also (completely unrelated), do specific distro versions have a certain kernel that it can run with, or can you upgrade to the latest stable one available? For example, 7.2 was packaged with 2.2.17, but would I be able to upgrade the kernel to 2.4.21?