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Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the hardware detection of SuSE 9.3. It was able to recognize my ethernet adapter (eth0) and my wireless card (eth1), and both worked out of box.
I use the ethernet adapter (the one that connects to a CAT5 cable) when I'm in college. When I go home, however, my only available connection is via a USB interface. I have configured this properly in YaST so that SuSE recognizes it. This interface is eth2.
However, eth2 only works sometimes (and eth0 may have a similar problem now that I configured eth2, but I haven't had the chance to check). It seems as though when booting up, there is a race condition between eth0 and eth2, and the one that loads first works. Therefore, it seems that eth2 works at random times and doesn't work at other times.
I'd appreciate if someone can help me either
1) Configure my computer to load the correct network interface during boot up.
2) Show me how to manually select (and change) network interfaces from KDE after boot up.
Thanks for the help. I'm not at home any longer, but I believe there are no modules associated with the drivers (i.e., they are all in the kernel). When I manually start the network, do I have to stop all other interfaces?