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Old 07-11-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
Rod Butcher
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need distro with sis964 sata + RTL8201

I have an Asus motherboard with sis964 sata and Realtek RTL8201 builtin ethernet. Can anybody suggest a distro that'll install with no hassles and support these ?
Old 07-11-2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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Hmm - do you feel up to recompiling your kernel? I recently recompile my FC3 kernel (upgraded it, actually) to get my Gigabyte GA8-TRS350MT's DMA working. I would suggest you get most any distro, then download the kernel source and recompile that distro's kernel with specs for your motherboard.

I quickly went and checked my 2.6.12 kernel's .config file and there is a line called


which I -guess- means that your motherboard is supported - you just need a kernel compiled with that support. Don't know about your LAN card, though - I've got a RTL-8139 and my recompiled 2.6.12 kernel recognizes and works perfectly with it.

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Old 07-19-2005, 02:56 AM   #3
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I found Fedora Core 4 has the necessary SIS drivers. But I found it a bit odd that none of the distros (Mandrake, Ubuntu, Fedora) seem to post on their website what hardware is supported... I had to download and install to find out.


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