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well, I installed Slackware 9 despite my thoughts that it was a very advanced distro. well it has many Wm's and the install was smooooth and easier. despite my one problem it was overall just as easy as a redhat or mandrake install.
well...now my question: I have searched around, even looked at slackware guides on the site but I can't get my internet to work for me. i'm at a loss. um, I uncommented the realtek network card in /etc/hosts but it does nothing. dhcpcd pauses like it's doing something for several seconds but then the prompt returns and nothing happens. basically, i have no ethernet card according to slackware, but windows has no problem. im guessing it's a simple problem but im clueless...help! I want a 100% slackware...i love it!
have you tried running netconfig? if not go ahead, if its still a problem, then you are stuck recompiling your kernel and adding it in yourself, theres a guide stickied to the top of either linux-general or linux-software that is a wonderful little walkthrough
i did netconfig, host/domain, dhcp yatta, yatta.. /etc/rc.d/rc.modules that spit a message saying to remove conf.modules. dont get it, also tried the site for netowrking (thanks) but it still didn't help. damn! soo close!
why won't netconfig probe my card like everything/one says it should?
my best guess is that the module simply isnt there, it may be a very uncommon card very old card or a very new one and therefore patrick decided not to include it in the default modules for slackware your best bet is to recompile your kernel to add support refer to the sticky at the top of the linux-general forum for help http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=73436
ooh jeez...im gonna break my system. lol, i can't even install a tarball of windowmaker! i don't know why the card doesn't work. ive had this computer for...mmm...bout a year or so now. it's onboard but i do have a second NIC in there, it's a netgear. im gonna try switchin to this card first, if its no good ill try to compile the kernel.. ::shudder:: before I do the re-compile, would it be particularly troublesome to compile with 2.6 instead of 2.4? if im gonna redo it, i might as well update, no? let me know. thanks watashi for those guides. at first glance they look pretty descriptive (of course they all do until the first error) =) i'll give it a shot. thanks again.
heres a question..."download kernel source..." sooo...in order to get my internet to work at all...i download the source from the. . . i think ya see where im going with this lol. hm...maybe i can put it on a USB drive on this computer then plug it into the other computer. that is assuming slack will recognize that i plugged it in. let us hope. we shall see...
also, real quick: i haven't looked around yet but since im here, how would i go about setting up a netgear NIC? something in conf.modules (uncommenting) or something else. that card should be new enough but not real new to fit in the time range where stuff woulda been added. hope so. thanks
ladies and gentlemen you are reading the post of one VERY happy, internet-connected SLACKER. internet works, and i have a plastered smile on my face. NOW i can begin USING my computer!!! i didn't use the right line in conf.modules (or was it modules.conf?) well i switched back to my realtek NIC and used the correct line and BOOM! thanks for all the help.