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I've been running 8.0 since release and no problems with getting the network devices up'n running. Both as modules or as built in.
Now i've tried to get the same network cards up in the 2.4.18 kernel in 8.1 without luck.
After install i got up the network via netconfig and the 3c90x module worked. Network up. I ran menuconfig and made the config something like the one i had in 8.0 ( 2.4.17 ) and made the
3c900 "Vortex" module[*] and the same with the RealTek card. (8139)
Then make dep; make bzImage ; make modules ; make modules_install ; make install .
This is just like i have done before with the 8.0 kernelconfig, and it has been working well. Now, when booting the new kernel in 8.1 its not ok. Its not working at all!
Its up and working again if i compile it as [M]odule, but with [M] on the realtek driver, it gets "Can't find the rtl8139 module" at bootup.
I've just installed 8.0 again with 2.4.18, and its working 100% with builtin kernelmodule of the two cards.
hmm, i dont think this has anything to do with it. The line was allready commented out when i checked it now. The system works, but it seems like it don't like built in modules! Why did it get so picky ?