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I'm trying to install suse 8.2 on my laptop via ftp, but unfortunately the installer doesn't load my network card?
the network card I have in my unit is a National DP83815 (MacPhyter).
What can I do???
Well, first you don't need to make more then one thread with the very same subject. Peoples will read it and get a little mad when then answers to your thread and read two or three more and face the same question, in the same forum made for the same starter .
Anyway, Suse is a pain with this ftp installing... why they don't let isos to download as all other distros we will never know. If it's some sort of strategy of them pressing us to buy CD's or whatever they are very mistaken. It just makes the popularity of Suse to fall. I never botter trying to install it myself ... If you are looking for something good, yet the same easy to install and maintain, get Redhat 9.0. You only need the first CD, the rest you use can apt-get to download and install up-to-date software
Distribution: Gentoo, Slack, SuSE, Ubuntu... Flavor of the week
I would say save yourself the headache and do it from disk, myself. I sprung the $35 US and got SuSE 8.2, manuals, disks, whole nine yards. It comes in handy, believe me. Plus, no waiting, no messing with downloads.
I have a dual boot machine, and the SuSE manual actually answered some questions about the pain in the butt Windows install we had to do.
How funny, I found SUSE the easiest to install and its what I'm using because of it (possibly due to hardware support, most other systems didn't like my config). The hardest part is finding the right NIC driver, which doesn't always follow naming logic. Choose the advanced install, where you choose your own drivers, and play around with the NIC driver. You can get hints from google searching, which might be better since I'm not sure if a wrong driver may or may not damage the NIC. (Too much of a newbie myself). I got it working in a couple of hours by cycling through the Network card drivers until it recognized one as working. Good luck.
P.S. I downloaded the Boot Disk Image to help out. Uses a CD but this works well for me as I continue to use it to run SUSE on my Dual-Boot.