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Old 02-13-2003, 12:22 AM   #1
sboscarine
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Has anyone got the NIC in the Shuttle SS40G mini-PC working in Redhat 8.0?


Hello.
I am trying to install Linux on my Shuttle SS40G, the Athlon mini-PC. I chose Redhat 8.0 after having problems with Mandrake and SuSE. I've managed to get into GNOME and X-Windows, but I can't figure out how to get the ethernet working.

Here has been my experience:
USB Keyboard -- works perfectly.
USB Mouse -- fails
PS2 Mouse -- fails
PS2 Keyboard -- works
Serial Mouse -- success
Video -- signal 11 on Mandrake and SuSE, works perfectly in Redhat.
LAN -- not working.

Here's some relevant details from their website:
Mainboard: FS40 Small Form Factor
CPU: Socket A 266/200MHz MSB
Chipsets: North bridge:SIS 740 South bridge:SIS 961
Memory: DDR 266/200 * 2
VGA: SIS 315, 4-64 MB VGA share memory
Audio: C-Media 6 Ch. H/W
LAN: Realtek Semiconductor RTL-8139C

I am running 512MB ECC, a CD-ROM, a modern HD, an AthlonXP 2000. I have no peripherals installed.

http://islay.dyndns.org/taz/
says to use the following modules for the LAN.
8139too.o
mii.o
Do NOT use 8139cp.o

I am still very new to Linux. I found those files on the system, but I haven't been able to find anything about how to enable those modules.

If anyone has figured out a procedure to get the LAN working on this computer, can you please let me know?

If not, does anyone know how to configure drivers so that I can try to utilize the modules mentioned above?
 
Old 02-15-2003, 02:17 PM   #2
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I too had a problem with RedHat 8.0 on the SS40g, the secret is to specify a kernel parameter at boot time..

pci=bios,biosirq

There seems to be some problem with 2.4 level kernels scanning the PCI bus with some SIS chipsets. the kernel parameter solves this problem.

Also, when installing grub or lilo, don't forget to respecify the parameter...

Hope this helps
 
Old 02-16-2003, 09:28 AM   #3
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tssgery, I didn't have your luck.

Unfortunately, that didn't work for me. I even tried to switch NIC's, but the stupid distro can't read any USB or PCI peripherals but my USB keyboard. I'm giving up. Redhat 8 doesn't work well with that computer. I have an old computer I can install this on and I'll simply move my server to an older machine.
 
Old 02-16-2003, 10:40 AM   #4
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Not to disagree with you, but I've been running Redhat 8.0 on the SS40g for a month or so now, with absolutely no problems to report.

But do whatever works for you.
 
Old 02-16-2003, 11:15 AM   #5
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Can you post your configuration file for grub (or lilo if you're using it)? Perhaps I made a mistake there.

I greatly appreciate it!
Steven
 
Old 02-16-2003, 11:35 AM   #6
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Sure, I hope it helps

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/hda
default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-24.8.0)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-24.8.0 ro root=LABEL=/ pci=bios,biosirq
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-24.8.0.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/ pci=bios,biosirq
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img
 
Old 03-16-2003, 09:49 AM   #7
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Any news?? I have same trouble

Hi,

I'm a linux novice and I have encountered this same problem after installing RH8 on my SS40G. The Redhat installer just skipped the network config part of the install. I've just got mine from TigerDirect, but it looks like it might be old stock, as it has a FS40 V1.2 motherboard and an early BIOS (FS40S022)

If sboscarine or anyone else tried the suggestions made so far, I'd like to know what happened...

Thanks for helping a newbie - Mark
 
Old 03-16-2003, 04:20 PM   #8
sboscarine
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Mark.
tssgery was absolutely correct. His suggestions worked great. Add the prompt at boot of the installer and then add it to your grub.conf file as he illustrated.

Steven
 
  


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