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Old 06-26-2003, 08:13 PM   #1
netw3rm
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A7N8X Ethernet


Hello all,
I have the a7n8x mobo (non deluxe) with onboard sound and ethernet. I was able to get the sound working but I'm slightly stumped. I run modprobe and this is what I get:
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root@gsys:/fat-c/nforce/nvnet# modprobe -a nvnet
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/nvnet.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - NVIDIA See website for information about tainted modules Module nvnet loaded, with warnings
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Ok that looks pretty good but I'm not sure what to do next. Any help? Thanks

Also when I run ifconfig I dont get a eth0 device showing up.
 
Old 06-26-2003, 08:25 PM   #2
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"ifconfig" just by itself will only show you the active network devices.

Try:

ifconfig eth0 up

or...

dhcpcd eth0

or... for redhat

dhclient eth0

ifconfig -a will show all the devices regardless of status. to get nvnet to load automagically, copy it into /lib/modules/2.4.xx-ish/kernel/drivers/net

and then run depmod -a

You might want to add the line:

alias eth0 nvnet

to the file /etc/modules.conf,

That's about it...

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 06-27-2003, 07:26 PM   #3
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Hey netw3rm,

I have the deluxe version of that mobo. I couldn't get a Linux distro to install. I am running a M$ product at the moment, just to get things started. My Slackware install CD stalled for half an hour before I gave up. What other hardware do you have attached to this board, and what distro did you install?

My specs are as follows: A7N8X Deluxe, 1 GB of PC3200 (2 512MB modules to take advantage of the Dual Channel DDR), 80GB SATA HD, 27GB IDE HD, NVidia 8x AGP 128ddr video card, DVD rom, CDRW, floppy, etc...

When Slack and Mandrake returned unhappy results, I loaded up FreeBSD. I installed the NVidia driver so I would be able to run X-windows, however, I haven't been able to make KDE initialize.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 12:41 AM   #4
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R_Shackleford, I haven't had any luck either, with the deluxe as well. I tried Mandrake several times, but no luck whatsoever. It would finish the install, but then would try to boot off of 2nd IDE HD (HDE instead of HDA) all three times.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 06:34 PM   #5
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Well what finegan told me to do worked and I'm up and running with Slackware 9. It probably is more complicated because of the two ethernet devices the deluxe version comes with. Anyways good luck.
 
Old 07-11-2003, 08:12 PM   #6
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You all have made more progress than I have. My installation freezes during PCI scan. I haven't yet been able to get Slack9 installed. I did try FreeBSD 4.8, and it installed, but I had problems starting KDE.
 
Old 07-25-2003, 04:52 PM   #7
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Sometimes a BIOS update can make all the difference...
 
Old 07-29-2003, 02:02 PM   #8
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hi there, i got the asus A7N8X also with bulid ethernet and sound just installed RedHat 9 with the newest kernel 2.40-19.9 ,
updated everything using nforce 2.40-9 drivers...

here what i get >

the system seen the eth0 but it's can't activate it saing device falied ..when booting and in network config..

sound card works only when check up on instalation of the os ,then when i log on it's is dead.


someone help me what to do.. and how to fix that? i got the latest bios revision (5) installed as well....



Last edited by Gumbas; 07-29-2003 at 02:04 PM.
 
Old 07-29-2003, 02:40 PM   #9
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Asus A7N8X deluxe appears to use the standard 3Com drivers despite what it says on the CD which came with the Motherboard. The cd even includes linux source code for the module but it doesn't work.

I simply did a "modprobe 3c59x" and eth0 was up and running.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 09:36 AM   #10
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After I updated my BIOS, I popped in the Knoppix CD and voila - everything worked. The audio isn't perfect, but I have an active ethernet connection. I did find earlier that the info on the ASUS CD is defective. When I try to play MP3s, they sound as is they are an old 33 LP played at 78rpm. So I suggest to anyone who is having problems with the A7N8X deluxe motherboard that you make certain your BIOS firmware is updated.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 12:58 PM   #11
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I've been having problems with the ethernet on the A7N8X deluxe as well, but I didn't come across the problems installing and running linux. I have Slackware 9 with kernel 2.4.20 running just fine on a stock install. The bios isn't necessarily the problem, because i don't have the latest version. The sound even worked without the Nvidia drivers, though it sounds a lot better with them installed. Possibly try stripping the system down to barebones required to run, then do the install. I don't see why that should make a difference, but that's the only thing I can think of doing. Beyond that, I don't know, because it seems like people are getting completely different results with basically the same hardware.

Unless.... Which revision board are you guys using? I have the 2.0 in mine.

Wangster said the standard 3Com drivers work on the LAN. This is the dual lan board, or just single? I tried the modprobe but it gave me an error "no such device"
 
  


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