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Old 01-18-2011, 06:34 AM   #1
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Installation problem with Intel DP43BF

Hello ! I've installed Slackware 13.1 with 2.6.36 kernel on the
Intel DP43BF Motherboard . But i couldn't install any network cards . For built-in network card (Broadcom 1Gb) i used tg3 driver which included to kernel sources and driver downloaded from .no result. Then i tried use Realtek 8139(8139too etc.) the same result. I inserted old S3 video adapter . It works properly.
I read some topics regarding Intel DP43BF . Some people are complain that this MB has problem with PCI on Linux but i couldn't find suitable solution. I installed Windows . It works properly.

Any advices?

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Welcome to LQ!
May I ask why you are using the '2.6.36' kernel?

Even if you are using '-current' the stock is as of 01-10-2011. What is the reasoning for the '2.6.36'?

It does look like the tg3 module is the correct one for you with this motherboard chipset. Everything is native for this device for Slackware 13.1 stable.

What happened when you used the tg3? What did you see in 'dmesg' for the device. Did the kernel recognize? You can check via 'ifconfig -a'. If you don't see it then look at the modules via: lsmod

Your system should be using the tg3 along with the firmware;
~# ls /lib/firmware/tigon/
tg3.bin  tg3_tso.bin  tg3_tso5.bin
It should be good to go from install unless there is something conflicting the device.

EDIT: excerpt from So you want to be a Slacker! What do I do next? post #169(loads of additional information)
Linux Magazine article Kernels 2.6.35 and 2.6.36: Storage Updates by Jeffrey B. Layton is a very informative article.

"One of the best sources of information about Linux kernel versions is” is another good source cited within. I suggest that any interested kernelnewbies look at the above URLs.

I personally use, Linux Magazine and a few other freebies to keep up with things. I've been on the farm to long to stay up via the University benefits so I must use all the freebies available. Thank God for the Internet!
Good comparison;

Last edited by onebuck; 01-18-2011 at 09:17 AM. Reason: add some useful information to help the OP


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