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Old 02-24-2005, 06:41 PM   #1
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Gentoo Network Installation


I'm trying to install Gentoo (network install) however Gentoo won't detect my ethernet card. I tried auto-configure and that didn't work, so I figure I'll have to manually load my ethernet driver. I used the command

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ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net
(from Gentoo Documentation) to display the drivers on the Universal CD. However, all the driver names look a little cryptic to me. Does anyone know where I can find the driver for a Realtek 8201BL on-board ethernet card? Or is there an easier way to configure network connection? Thanks.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 06:45 PM   #2
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I love linux and especially Gentoo, so I wish I had an answer, but googling for "8210bl linux realtex" returns a lot of bleak-looking outcomes. Looking at them may help you somewhat though.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 06:52 PM   #3
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Hmmm, if it helps my motherboard is an Asus A7N8X-LA (Socket A) with the NVIDIA nForce 2 chipset (full specs). Well, I guess I'll just keep looking .
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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Okay, I'm half the way there. I passed the -noapic option to the kernel at boot and now Gentoo is detecting my network card. I just need to find the module for it Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 09:21 PM   #5
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Ahhh!

Well, I figured out that the correct module is forcedeth (get it? nforce ) Anyway, I thought I was all set, the module installs fine, I go to start the network interface with /etc/init.d/net.eth0 start -- and what do ya know, an error message:

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 * Bringing eth0 up (192.168.0.2)...
eth1394: eth0: Error BROADCAST_CHANNEL register valid bit not set, can't send IP traffic
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Resource temporarily unavailable
I'm too frustrated to try and figure out what the hell this means, however, I was thinking that I could install Gentoo using Knoppix because Knoppix has so much better hardware detection. I was wondering if anyone here has done that? If so, was it more difficult than the standard Gentoo install?

EDIT: I feel like I'm talking to myself....

Last edited by Slayer097; 02-24-2005 at 09:22 PM.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 10:12 PM   #6
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You'll get a *LOT* more meaningful responses from forums.gentoo.org.
Including this one from one of the developers I quickly found.
Bit of searching should save any more angst.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 05:16 AM   #7
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Hello!

I installed Gentoo (from stage 1) from within my running Mandrake 10.1. following the gentoo installation handbook http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/index.xml , and apart from the time it took to compile everything it went smoothly. I had my familiar Mandrake (with www and all the other stuff) running so I could search for help on the internet if needed, and I could also use my computer for the normal tasks while it was boostrapping gentoo in the background.

Edit: basically this installation is the same as it does not matter if the distro that you start with is Knoppix, Mandrake or anything else. The idea is that you need a working linux on the computer in order to be able to setup the gentoo system.


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