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Old 08-03-2003, 11:32 PM   #1
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RH 9 - Realtek network card problems

I have just installed Red Hat 9 computer and have got all of my hardware working except for my network card. Whenever it first booted the boot process would stall at the "activating eth0" for about 30 seconds and then give an iptables error. I turned off the iptabels service and tried to activate the card again using the RH9 network utility and the start up service. Now it pauses for about 30 seconds then says "Determining IP information for eth0.. failed". The card is detected by Linux it just seems to be giving me trouble with activating it. This is my car /proc/pci entry for the card:

Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 16).
IRQ 11.
Master Capable. Latency=32. Min Gnt=32.Max Lat=64.
I/O at 0xa800 [0xa8ff].
Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xec111000 [0xec1110ff]

Any help would be appreciated. If no one has any thought I might just pick up a new network card. Does anyone have any recommendation for a cheap linux nic?
Old 08-04-2003, 02:05 AM   #2
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do you use dhcp? if not, you must set a static ip address.

if you use type network,
then type ifconfig eth0
then type ifconfig eth0 up
then type ifconfig

you should see your eth0 information

then edit the /etc/resolv.conf
and put your nameserver info on separate lines


then try pinging

type ping

if you get ping response, then you are in business. you may have to restart the network to get the new nameserver info from the files to your network. may also need to restart xinetd. not sure. anyway to do this type service network restart, then type service xinetd restart.

if tries to get address and fails do the first two steps above, the ifconfig ones.

then you should be able to ping by name, so type ping

if this works, then you are in business.

i think this may work. if you are using dhcp, and the card just isn't getting an ip, then something else is wrong. hope this helps. if so, then you need to edit your network settings, or the associated files, which i can tell you if you didn't install the gui for network configuring.
Old 08-04-2003, 10:46 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for helping.. I seem to have got the ethernet card detected and assigned an IP address thanks to your help even the Red Hat network configuration utility says that its active . Now I need to ask a bigger question.. I connect to the Internet via dial up and in Windows I share my Dial Up connection to another computer in the house. Is there a way I can share a linux dial up connection with a Windows 2000 system? I am not using a router or a hub just one crossover cable between the two systems. If I could get this working I probably won't ever need to boot into Windows again. Any advice?

p. s. I know that this should probably be in the networking section but It kind of started out as a hardware question.
Old 08-07-2003, 12:40 AM   #4
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i am happy to hear you got things going. anytime you need help you can write me at yes, you can share the linux modem with the other boxes. is a necessity. i fi8nd much of my info there. incase you have never heard of it, it only returns linux based responses. haven't done ppp sharing for some time. will try to find some resources for you. perhaps a search on for ppp masquerading sample scripts will find you something useful.


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