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Old 01-22-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
tlongiii
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Question Network Card Driver???


As I'm sure you'll be able to guess from reading this post, I'm VERY new to Linux.

I have installed Debian on a Dell PowerEdge 2800.

I have everything installed and running but I'm sure how to get my Netgear FA-311 NIC installed. I've downloaded the Linux drivers but I'm not sure where to go from here.

Any tips, links or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


Trey
 
Old 01-22-2007, 12:16 PM   #2
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Well, usually network cards are detected during installation. If your network card wasn't detected, you'd have to get the driver and install it. It would help very much if you could tell us what the name of the file that you downloaded is.

Dell's linux support if fairly decent, and I'd be slightly surprised if it wasn't auto detected. Did you install some linux from like 5 years ago?

Please tell us what linux you are running, and what driver/modules you have downloaded.

Peace,
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:49 PM   #3
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I installed Debian 3.1 (is that the lateset version?)

I have a Netgear FA-311 PCI NIC. I went ot Netgear's site and downloaded the drivers for the card. The zip file two files fa311v2.c and Makefile.

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Old 01-22-2007, 02:05 PM   #4
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3.1 is the about to be retired Debian stable. it was supposed to be retired in December of 2006, but some snags in the next release slowed things down, so it still runs.

I would simply suggest upgrading your Debian to Etch, which will be stable any day now. The problem is since you have no network on the machine, you can't just download the updates which would give you the driver for your NIC.

You have 2 choices, both of which involve some work.

1) Reinstall with Etch instead of Sarge. Since the box isn't online, you'd have to go back to the beginning. The Etch installer is found at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/da...86-netinst.iso

2) The files that you downloaded are to make a kernel module, which will allow the card to work. You may need full kernel sources or at least headers installed to use the files you downloaded. Wasn't there also a README or INSTALL file included in the zip? You may be able to get those files on the machine, use a terminal to go into the directory, then try running as root:
Code:
make
make install
That may install the driver, but if you don't have kernel headers or sources it may fail, and without network, you will have trouble getting the kernel sources.

I suggest doing the reinstall. It is a bit more work, but it is guaranteed to work.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 01-22-2007, 02:12 PM   #5
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Thanks Jim.

It sounds like it would be best if I just start over.

Would you go with Debian or a different one?
 
  


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