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Old 11-03-2003, 09:48 AM   #1
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Angry 8139too not present problem

I have a dual boot machine win98 and Redhat 7.2.My network 8139 runs well on my win98 , but lately i was trying to configure my network card on Redhat 7.2,... I successfully configured the ip address and all the essentials address needed thru linuxconf and thru system/network configuration .Then when I type the command ifup eth0 i get a message ...

8139too seems to be not present.

I dont know why...

when i entered my ip address and other address , the device name shown on the interface was eth0 and interrupt at 3

please find me a solution i really am dying to get into the internet thru linux....
Old 11-03-2003, 09:53 AM   #2
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You may need to add a line to your /etc/modules.conf file like the following;

alias eth0 8139too

Before you do that, you can try loading the 8139too module to be sure you've got it. Use "lsmod" to list modules that are loaded, and "modprobe" to load modules with dependencies.
If loading the 8139too module manually corrects the problem with ifconfig, then adding the alias in /etc/modules.conf should make it automatic on reboot.
Old 11-03-2003, 09:53 AM   #3
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8139too is a module that controls the (ageing) LAN card. unless you connect to the internet a local network you do not need it for internet.
Old 11-03-2003, 11:46 PM   #4
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hey,thanks guys,

The module was just not loaded...
i did it with
insmod 8139too
the module got loaded.
then ifconfig 8139too up ... to up the device

and /etc/rc.d/init.d/network restart ..and then everything worked just fine.....thanx a lot...
Old 11-04-2003, 07:26 AM   #5
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I have a question similar to this one. Well I guess it's only similar in that I have the same card. Anyway, last night I recompiled my kernel on my HP Kayak machine. It has 2 ethernet cards, one for the internal network, one for the external network (i.e. the internet). So when I restarted after recompiling I got this when the system was trying to bring up eth0:

Determining IP information for eth0...PING ( 56(84) bytes of data

--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 0 recieved, +3 errors, 100% packet loss, time 2017ms, pipe 3 failed

So I went to X windows (using Red Hat's version of Gnome) and when I started the network configuration tool I got this:

eth0 has an alias to module 8139too in modules.conf, instead of currently loaded module pcnet32!

eth1 has an alias to module pcnet32 in modules.conf, instead of currently loaded module 8139too!

Here is what's in my modules.conf file:

alias eth0 8139too
alias eth1 pcnet32
alias scsi_hostadapter aic7xxx
alias scsi_hostadapter1 sym53c8xxx
alias usb-controller usb-uhci

OK logic would lead me to believe that I just need to switch the aliases around in my modules.conf file and everything should be kewl. Am I right in assuming that or is something deeper at work here.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 11-04-2003, 07:58 AM   #6
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I've only configured a couple of machines with multiple ethernet adapters. I have always just added the lines to /etc/modules.conf and then tested (by plugging a wire into only one card) to see which card was which (eth0/eth1). I have no idea what order drivers are loaded and how the interfaces are assigned. In your situation, I think I'd swap eth0 and eth1, reboot, and see what happens. You aren't going to hurt anything by doing that.


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