You may see this problem if you have created a virtual machine with bridged networking and install a Linux-Mandrake 7.2 guest operating system on a host machine with a live network interface card.
During an expert installation of the Linux-Mandrake guest operating system, when you are configuring the network, the network probe finds a Lance PCnet driver, instead of the AMD PC/Net 32 driver supported by VMware products. Linux-Mandrake cannot configure the Lance driver correctly for use with the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter, so the network doesn't get configured.
As a workaround, you need to configure the AMD PCnet32 driver within your Linux- Mandrake installation. Follow these steps.
1. During the installation, when you reach the Configure networking section, select the Configure Local Network option.
2. The following error appears:
Insmod'ing module lance failed at
/usr/bin/perl-install/modules.pm line 479.
Click OK to continue.
3. The following message appears:
Found Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]|79c970 [PCnet LANCE] net interfaces. Do you have another one?
Since this isn't the driver you want installed, click Yes.
4. From the list that appears, select AMD PC/Net 32 and click OK.
5. To have Linux-Mandrake search for this device, click Autoprobe.
6. The following message appears:
Found Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]|79c970 [PCnet LANCE], [AMD]|PC/Net 32 net interfaces. Do you have another one?
Since this is the driver you want to install, click No.
7. When you are asked to specify an IP address and net mask while configuring network device eth0, select the bootp/dhcp option. Do not enter an IP address if you are using DHCP to supply an IP address to your virtual machine.
8. Continue configuring your Linux-Mandrake guest operating system.
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it seems mandrake 9.2 has same problem as 7.2, the adapter is detected incorrectly; see what this will help you accomplish