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I installed Mandrake 10 CE, and apart from other problems (which I will give their own thread) I have a big problem with my onboard NIC.
I have two harddrives, identical Maxtor 80Gb drives. I have winxp pro on one, and mandrake 10 CE on the other, choosing my boot through bios boot order.
Since I installed mandrake, my onboard NIC does not work in WinXP. On powering on the computer, I have no link light. If I boot into WinXP I get the helpfull little XP bubble in my system tray that lets me know that "a network cable is unplugged".
However, when I boot into mandrake, I have no link light either. Once the boot process starts, it runs through a bunch of checks, one of which is "init ethernet adapter eth0" or something, which it says Failed in red in the left hand column. Once I am into KDE though, my link light pops on and I have full connectivity.
The wierd thing is I cannot find settings in my bios to disable/enable my onboard NIC (Broadcom 4401 I think) and I don't have a link light until mandrake does it's voodoo.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
Broadcom 4401 Ethernet Driver bcm4400 ver. 3.0.7 (10/31/03)
PCI: Enabling device 00:09.0 (0004 -> 0006)
PCI: Assigned IRQ 5 for device 00:09.0
eth0: Broadcom BCM4401 100Base-T found at mem de000000, IRQ 5, node addr 00e018e4de66
PCI: Enabling device 00:0e.0 (0004 -> 0005)
PCI: Assigned IRQ 10 for device 00:0e.0
bcm4400: eth0 NIC Link is Up, 100 Mbps full duplex
I use DHCP, and don't have trouble getting an ip address in linux. Just since I installed linux I don't get a link between my onboard NIC and my router during boot up (like I used to) or in WinXP (also like I used to.)
output of ifconfig:
[suprspi@localhost suprspi]$ ifconfig
bash: ifconfig: command not found