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I've always had some intrest in linux, but I never got the chance to use it, until recently I downloaded and installed slackware 9.1, and everything was working fine until I tried to connect to the internet and discovered to my absolute horror (not really) that my networking card was missing (In linux, not physically) !
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
did you skip the network configuration part of the install? how do you normally connect to the net? post some system specs, and the output of /sbin/lspci -v, and the output of lsmod. we'll see if we can get you going.
And some system info:
CPU: 600mhz P3
Motherboard: Dunno, my computer's not working, so I'm using someone else's computer.
Sound: A c-media card, can't remeber exactly, works fine.
Video: Nvidia Geforce 2 mx 32mb
Networking card: "Realtek RTL8019 PnP Lan adapter or compatable" according to windows.
Oh, and I use DSL modem (SpeedStream 5260).
Either your nic is faulty or not compatable. I am not familiar with Realtek but I assume it is a PCI. Have you tried shutting down, moving to another slot if available and restarting possibly allowing the card to be detected?
I know the 8129/8139 cards are supported I am not sure about yours. What kernel did you install; the bare.i?
IMHO I would slap another card in there, something definately compatable (via, intel)
In that case I want to say that drivers may be difficult if at all possible to find. You can do some googling on this site or the net to see if someone has written drivers but it would be much easier based on my experience to get something that will work right out of the box. That is one thing I learned the hard way with linux is that when fighting hardware compatibility; I usually loose.