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Old 03-27-2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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Configuration of internet connection


After leaving IE for Mozilla Firefox i am taking the first steps toward leaving Windows by installing Mandrake 9.2.

I have some specific problems with the configuration of my internetconnection in Mandrake 9.2. Here are the specifics:

- Dual boot Windows XP with Mandrake 9.2.
- a rented cablemodem (from UPC-chello provider in Belgium): Conexant HSF V92KPCI modem
- Networkadapter: Nvidia Corporation nForce MCP network adapter
- off course TCP/IP protocol & DHCP.

Here is what happens when i access the "Mandrake Control Center" > "configure internet and network":

there is a screen where i can configure the connection manually (configure buttons for hostname, Internet access and LAN); at the bottom there is also a button for launching the wizard.

First i tried the the wizard (two scenarios here):

scenario1: i choose the "auto detection" option
-> next he doesn't detect a cable connection but he detects a "winmodem connection" ---however (later) in the "expert" option he says that there is no such type of connection
-> next step: a message "your modem isn't supported by the system. Take a look at"

scenario2: i choose the expert option
-> i choose to configure the cable connection option
-> in the next step i choose DHCPclient
-> next screen there is the message "Found Nvidia Corporation nForce Ethernet Controller"
-> next i indicate that there is no other one
-> then i get this message: "No Ethernet network adapter has been deteteced on your system. I cannot setup this connection"

Then i tried to configure everything manually; i gathered hostname, DNS IP address, DHCP ip address via Windows XP. I can enter the Hostname and DNS but when clicking on the other configure buttons (LAN and internet access) he just throws a message saying "you don't have any configured interface. Configure them by clicking on Configure".

I suspect that i have to find a new networkcard driver specific for Linux - or is the driver related to the modem? Can anyone make some sort of diagnosis based on the info i have given ?

Old 03-27-2004, 05:21 PM   #2
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Well at least one of your problems is that the nForce NIC doesn't have Open Source drivers. You can get the proprietary drivers from nVidia's site. Also, depending whether you bought Mandrake or just downloaded it, your install CDs might have the driver on them that you can install from the Mandrake "install software" utility (it's in tools, packaging, or something like that). There's a whole thread on this board something like 5 pages long that explains how to get the nVidia driver working with Mandrake.

The second problem is that it looks like your cable modem is a PCI card instead of a stand-alone router. Some of those type of modems do not have Linux drivers, so Google will be your best chance of solving that problem. The best solution would be to ask your provider if they can give you an external (with Ethernet!) cable modem rather than internal. That way once you get your nForce NIC working, you can use it with the external modem.
Old 03-27-2004, 05:24 PM   #3
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HI there...

At the command line, type in this:-


Post what the result is back here. I'm not quite sure about the way you described your setup.


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