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Old 10-23-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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Debian lenny doesn't detect my network card


I'm trying to install debian lenny (netinstall) on a toshiba A305-S6872 laptop.
The chipset is GM45. I didn't figure out which network card it is exactly but debian's installation didn't find it.
I tried booting to ubuntu 8.10 beta to see which driver it loads.
It loads the r8169 module
I tried loading the same module in debian's installer when it gives a list of modules when it can't find the network card.
The module loads (saw it in "lsmod") but I can't continue the installation.
it still says no network card found.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!
Old 10-23-2008, 10:40 AM   #2
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I presume you mean an Intel GM45 Have a look at the Intel website for a proper driver, then load that in Lenny. Or, better yet, try the Toshiba website for drivers.

Last edited by Dutch Master; 10-23-2008 at 10:42 AM.
Old 10-23-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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GM45 is a rather new chipset, this is probably a kernel driver issue and you need to be running a very current 2.6 Kernel to get support for that chipset..
Install from Debian Lenny CD-1, rather than the netinstall, then download and update to the latest 2.6 Kernel and see where you end up..

You will probably need to download and compile the latest intellinuxgraphcs driver and possible the e1000e driver.

There appears to still be issues with the Graphics Drivers for this chip set.

Also beware if your NIC requires the e1000e Driver as a bug in the driver has been found to Trash the NVM/eeprom on that NIC rendering the NIC useless. I can't tell if this is limited to the 2.6.27 kernels or if older kernels may be affected as well. heres a thread from the IBM Thinkpad forum discussing this issue with a beta kernel in Ubuntu..

Isn't new hardware FUN !!

Last edited by farslayer; 10-23-2008 at 11:48 AM.


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