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Old 06-24-2004, 07:39 AM   #1
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Install of woody fails at apt - no network connection - driver for ethernet card?

Can anyone explain what I need to do to complete a network install of woody on a pentium 4?

I have downloaded & installed the minimal cd image, using the bf24 option to specify the 2.4.18 kernel, but keep getting 'failed to fetch files'/'something wicked happened' (???!) error at the apt section. ifconfig shows no ethernet card, just local loopback. It looks as if the kernel does not support the ethernet card I have in this machine.

Runnng knoppix on the same machine connects to the adsl router via the network no problems, and the knoppix dmesg lists the ethernet card as being:

eth0: Intel corp 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet controller 00:01:80:0A:C5:AB, IRQ12

There was no mention of this card in the kernel module section of the install, and I have hunted the forums & FAQs & package lists for references to a networking module to load for this ethernet card, but cant find anything.

I figured that if knoppix could auto-detect it (being a mix of sarge & sid), I should be able to get woody to recognize the card somehow... Am I on the right lines? Is it simply a case of finding and instaling the right ethernet driver, or should I be using sarge instead of woody? (machine intended for a samba file server, with technophobe users, so wanted stable as poss!)

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Old 06-24-2004, 09:23 AM   #2
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Talking sorted! - eepro100

Went back to knoppix again, and used "lsmod" from a console (ctrl+alt+F2) to display the modules it had loaded. Turns out I needed to specify the eepro100 module to be loaded into the kernel at installation. Included on the boot cd, but not automatically loaded, and the description was not enough to identify the card frm the info I had to hand.

(not sure how to do this retrospectively, so just reinstalled from scratch - all working peachily now. )


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