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Old 02-04-2002, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Inexpensive NIC compatible with Mandrake 8.1??

Is there a relatively inexpensive NIC that is compatible with Mandrake 8.1? My Netgear FA311, which cost me a measly $17, and works like a dream in Win2k, wont work right in Mandrake. It Detects it as a National Semiconductor card, which is normal, but then doesn't actually run it correctly (gives me a "not working" message). I'd like to get a replacement NIC that costs about as much as my FA311... anyone know of one?
Old 02-04-2002, 03:38 PM   #2
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My SMC EZ PCI Card 10/100 (SMC1255TX) works a treat in mandrake 8.1. Cost me about 14, aprox $20 at a guess!

Old 02-04-2002, 06:36 PM   #3
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I picked up a CompUsa generic card for about $18.00
it runs with rtl8139too module, pretty standard.
no problems in slack or redhat.

Old 02-04-2002, 06:45 PM   #4
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linksys LNE100TX has no problems.. around 25 bucks..
Old 02-05-2002, 03:14 PM   #5
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thanx for the replies guys!

I appreciate it considerably. To iihay, my SMC EZ that I have works great in linux as well, I'll probably get another one. Thanx for reminding me how cheap it was To trickykid, I was looking at getting the LNE100TX and I may get that one over the SMC for the extra features. Thanx for the suggestions, all!
Old 02-06-2002, 06:38 AM   #6
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re: nics for mandrake

I used to have a SMC 8416 Nic. This worked fine when I accessed the Internet via cable modem. However, when I was forced to switch to ADSL (w/ lousy PPPoE), I could no longer connect to the Internet under Linux.

I subsequently bought a cheap A-Open NIC, which was one of the few that I saw that specifically mentioned Linux on the box, and it works like a dream.
Old 02-06-2002, 10:05 AM   #7
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generally i'll buy anything with a realtek 8139 chipset (i just get a generic card and open it and look with my eyes which are in my head...) the 8139too module is fairly rock solid, and i'm happy paying 8 ($12?) for a card... work fine. some have been a bit crappy, but not as far as their actual performance once recognised by the bios is concerned


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