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Old 05-15-2004, 08:41 AM   #1
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Epox 8RDA+ Motherboard - Internet on linux not working


Hai! I'm a complete and utter n00b to linux, and I've just installed Redhat 9.0 . Everything works great, apart from the internet I've tried going through the wizards but no luck, when i try to select my ethernet card, it isn't in the list. Could someone please help me, like tell me which drivers to download ? If any of you know ? I've seen a thread on this m/b before but it doesn't specify enough for a n00b like me, thanks !
 
Old 05-15-2004, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hey

First, I think this might help:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/sh...hp?product=243

Second, the module you need for your network card is called "forcedeth". This must be loaded before you can get the network card running. A modules is effectively a driver.

Luckily, forcedeth is included in all 2.6 kernels (AFAIK) so you can create it as a module without having to reboot your computer (woot).

I'm not at my linux box now so I can't tell you where to find the module, but I guess that when you go to compile your kernel, got "device driver --> network devices (or something) --> nVidia network card"

It is something like that anyway. I can post better instructions later.

Anyway, make sure you have the sources installed for RH9 (although, just thinking about it, I guess RH9 would be before the 2.6 kernel).

Run "uname -r" to find out what kernel you are running.

Hamish
 
Old 05-15-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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Thanks - I still have no idea what you are going on about:P


"Anyway, make sure you have the sources installed for RH9 (although, just thinking about it, I guess RH9 would be before the 2.6 kernel).

Run "uname -r" to find out what kernel you are running."

What sources ? All I did was install RH, then that kudro thing or whatever installed my mouse ON THE SECOND or THIRD boot... which was weird, coz first i was freaking why my mouse wasn't working, and sometimes it goes on about the email service and I yeah to select Y loads of times ! But apart from that, when I try the automatic internet thing, I select Ethernet, but my onboard NIC on my nvidia motherboard isnt there - So I need a driver or somthing , and i've tried a few off the site - Put them on a floppy, rebooting into Linux, loaded them, on one of them when I try to re-install, it says its already installed. On the other ones, somthing like a Media driver? o.o, nothing happens ! And then when i did those, i rebooted into windows and my internet went all weird, so i had to reinstall teh windows drivers for nvidia, and then it reworked, and at this point im like dame im a n00b. Confuzzled. uname -r ? what the ? Run ffrom where?e eeek !
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:40 PM   #4
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Hey!

Don't give up yet.

1. In a terminal, type "uname -r" and tell me what it says.

2. type:
$su
<type root password>
#modprobe forcedeth

And tell me what thay says.

Hamish
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:43 PM   #5
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Ooh ! Terminal ! Sounds tasty ! (What is that in linux and how do I get on it ??!?! ) My stupidity amazes even me O.o
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:58 PM   #6
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terminal is a command prompt interface (like the c:\> ,ever seen it?). you get to it through right mouse click in X (the graphic interface), through the redhat panel, and in many other ways. Actually, it's where you type commands to the system.
If you're using KDE (a desktop), try CTRL+t.
In linux, even though you have graphic enviroments like windows, you tend to use a lot of command line input. It's just faster, most of the times, as soon as you get used to it, and there's many commands that have no GUI (graphic interface).
hope this helps.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 01:07 PM   #7
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Yes ! Thanks loads neri! Well here's the info:

uname -r - It says 2.4.20-8 when i type that.

$su, then my pass, then #modprobe forcedeath.

It says :
bash: modprobe: command not found

>.<

So what do you think eh ?
 
Old 05-15-2004, 02:10 PM   #8
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Holy! Sometimes it's so easy to explain things... people with much more knowledge than me often have no patience Ok, people should read the manuals, but what if they can't understand them, or don't know where to look for?!
Btw, Rauko, from the terminal try typing "man xxx" where xxx is the name of the command you want to know info about. ("man" is "manual"), and have fun.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 02:24 PM   #9
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Hmm thanks, but I really don't know what to put in. I'm seriously confused , I read posts about upgrading to 2.4.20-9, or 2.4.25 even , but how! ? Where? Do I need to ? Bah @ Linux :P
 
Old 05-15-2004, 02:51 PM   #10
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OK, what I suggest is to install the most recent kernel (2.6.6 - whcih I'm currently installing on my girlfriend's lappy).

Why do you want to do this? Because the kernel which comes with RH9 is very out of date (security problems) and doesn't have the thing we are looking for.

OK, here is the procedure:
0. become root
1. Download this: ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kerne...-2.6.6.tar.bz2
2. move the file to /usr/src/ by doing:
# cp linux-2.6.6.tar.bz2 /usr/src/
3. Move to the /usr/src folder and Unzip the file:
# cd /usr/src/
#tar -jxvf linux-2.6.6.tar.bz2
4. copy the old kernel config file to the new kernel source:
# cp /usr/src/linux/.config /usr/src/linux-2.6.6
5. Follow these instructions: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=73436

Once you have done that, get back to me.

Hamish
 
Old 05-15-2004, 03:05 PM   #11
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Holy .... the whole thing of step 5 ? The really long scary thing ? ? Are you sure ? Get back to me say yes/no or tell me the part i have to do, then ill do it. Thanks
 
Old 05-15-2004, 03:14 PM   #12
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yes you have to do it.

Really it isn't difficult. THe most important thing for you to do is my step 4.

This config file has been created when RH installed. By copying this into your new kernel recompile, you will have minimal hassle getting everything working.

Seriously, it really isn't a big deal. Just follow the help word for word and you will be happy.

Hamish
 
Old 05-15-2004, 03:16 PM   #13
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Okay.... but there are bits in that which you have already told me to do... should I just do them again ?
 
Old 05-15-2004, 03:55 PM   #14
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no, skip them.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 04:21 PM   #15
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Blup, problem when I tried - You said on number 4 to do that .config thing. When I try that, it says there is no such folder as Linux or somthing. I checked my self, went to /usr/src, and the onnly folders that were there were osmthing like debug, nvidia, linux-2.6.6 and somthing else, but defintely not a folder called linux. eel :X
 
  


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