Let me start by saying I believe the motherboard is the culprit. It is an XFX nForce 750a SLI
board and has given me problems with other Linux distributions before.
I've recently downloaded ClarkConnect
(It is derived from RHEL) and have a hodgepodge hardware I'm going to use to replace my wireless router which recently bit the dust. I know its probably easier to buy a new router - I don't want to do that. I successfully configured this hardware with Ubuntu as a wireless router but feel that ClarkConnect is a far better solution.
Other problems I've overcome that may be related:
With other distributions of Linux (and ClarkConnect) I've had to add pci=nomsi
as a kernel parameter in order for my hard-drive (SATA) to be recognized both during installation and boot-up (I believe the hard-drive was not being supplied power somehow or its power had been turned off).
Detailed description of the issue:
With ClarkConnect I see that the onboard Ethernet port is off
and the only devices that are shown with ifconfig are eth0 (PCI card) and the loopback. Other devices (onboard video, sound, etc) may also not be functioning, but I haven't concerned myself with them. I've been able to get the output of lspci, the interface is shown as "Marvell Technology Grp 88E8856 PCI-E Gigabit (rev14)
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!