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Old 09-05-2003, 10:28 AM   #1
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NIC Install

Ok, here goes my first question. I am BRAND NEW to LRH, so please remember this when you respond. I have been using MS products for years, cut my teeth on DOS prior to WIN, and have admined an IBM AS/400. I will eventually pick up a book or something to help me out but I think I can get enough data from the web and this site to learn a lot and hopefully avoid the cost of a publication. I downloaded the 3 ISOs for LRH 9 and burned the images to disc, then I installed the OS on a seperate HD. My WIN are all on NTFS so LRH doesn't even see them, thats cool.

Now, LRH found most of my hardware: USB mouse, USB printer, USB scanner, monitor, Palm, Audigy, etc. The one thing it did not find is my onboard NIC. I am running an ASUS P4P800 board with a 3Com NIC. I was able to unpack the drivers to my LRH desktop but don't have a clue as to how to install the darn things. Instructions did come with the drivers and I printed those. It says I can type insmod 3c2000.0 to "load the driver" but I can't even seem to get to a darn command line in this OS. I think I can configure the driver if I can ever get it installed with a command line.

I am using the graphic interface as I transition from WIN over to RH. One thing is for sure, I am ashamed of how stupid I feel after using MS products, mainly OSs for so many years. The graphic interface is a wonderful thing but I feel that eventually it does a real injustice to the end user, this time it's me...

I did read posts before starting the thread:

1. If this is a question about getting a component PCI device working; soundcards, network cards, wireless network cards, video cards, etc... paste in the output of


Heck, I can't get to a command line so how can I paste in the output?

Also GRUP is not loading and I am having to boot from a floppy, my other OS is XP Pro.

So basically I have my GUI LRH desktop running with my drivers in a file on the desktop, I just want to install them and get online so I can teach myself about LRH and fully embrace the Open Source community.

thanks so much...


Old 09-05-2003, 02:00 PM   #2
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Okay, to get you started hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get into a command prompt, this will take you out of your gui, to get back into your gui I beleive it's Ctrl+Alt+F7. Also, what version of RedHat are you using? I am assuming that LRH is Linux Red Hat???


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