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Old 10-10-2004, 01:58 PM   #1
dereke55
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Sarge can't install network, but woody


I recently decided to try out Linux. I decided to go with Debian from what I was reading. Read the very verbose installation guide and everything went fine except I have a Radeon 9600 video card that wasn't supported. To make a long story short, I couldn't download get the driver installed.

So then I decided to go with Sarge, however, during the installation, Sarge said it couldn't find an Ethernet Card in my system (even though Woody had no problems).

So is there anything I can do to have Sarge install my network card? I obviously have no internet connection so I can't "apt-get" anything. I hope someone can help!

Thanks
 
Old 10-11-2004, 03:40 PM   #2
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You could try doing a web search to find the kernel module assosiated with your particular network card and then insert the module manually with:
modprobe [module-name]
from a terminal.
 
Old 10-11-2004, 03:56 PM   #3
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Hi,

I found Knoppix very useful. It's based on Debian. It recognizes nearly all hardware and set up config files for it.
It's a live cd so you boot on it. Look at the config files eventually copy them on your hard disk and reboot in your repaired favorite OS.

Hopes it helps,
 
Old 10-11-2004, 04:48 PM   #4
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what card do you use?
 
Old 10-11-2004, 05:07 PM   #5
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it's an onbard lan.

I actually found a work around...for those of you that are interested:

edit the file:
/etc/network/interfaces

add:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address <enter_ip_you want>
netmask <enter_netmask_usually_255.255.255.0>
gateway <enter_ip_of_gateway>

edit (or create) the file:
/etc/resolv.conf
nameserver <enter_ip_of_dns>

I hope this helps someone.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

I'm still surprised Woody was able to recognize the onboard LAN and Sarge wasn't.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 02:46 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by dereke55
it's an onbard lan.

I actually found a work around...for those of you that are interested:

edit the file:
/etc/network/interfaces

add:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address <enter_ip_you want>
netmask <enter_netmask_usually_255.255.255.0>
gateway <enter_ip_of_gateway>

edit (or create) the file:
/etc/resolv.conf
nameserver <enter_ip_of_dns>

I hope this helps someone.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

I'm still surprised Woody was able to recognize the onboard LAN and Sarge wasn't.
Just so you are clear what happened here;

It is likely that both kernels recognised the ethernet card. i.e. the card was being loaded on boot. The difference lies in the network implementation. I am going to hazard a guess that you had dhcp in Woody and the /etc/network/interfaces was configured for dhcp. DHCP was not implemented in Sarge and therefore you had to manually configure the networking. Networking will only work if /etc/networking/interfaces is configured.
Hope this makes sense.
 
  


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