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Old 11-17-2006, 06:31 AM   #1
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forcedeth drivers don't work

I have a gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 motherboard, AMD 4200+ X2 CPU so i downloaded the SuSE 10.1 64 bit edition DVD because i liked SuSE 10 on my old 32 bit system (currently kaput)

For the life of me i cannot get my onboard NIC to work. I understand people have been having this problem, but i havent found a solution that works for me.

I CAN, however, pick up the card when i fresh install and when i do an ifconf i can tell its not contacting my DHCP b/c of the 169 address. i can set all the settings manually, but it has no effect on the connectivity - still none.

I know the card works b/c i dual boot and Windows is fine so i'm blameing the drivers at this stage... only i can't get any non forcedeth drivers, and previous releases of forcedeth from don't work.

Please help, its the only thing stopping me permenantly removing Windows - now thats desperation.
Old 11-18-2006, 09:05 AM   #2
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I think you might be experiencing the problem with forcedeth drivers described here. This problem is caused by MS leaving the NIC in a state that older forcedeth drivers couldn't handle. Note that a simple power down won't work. You have to actually remove power, or in the case of a laptop remove the battery.

Originally Posted by boombastic_007
I had the same issue with Suse... This is an issue with the forcedeth driver. To get it to work correctly you need to shutdown the pc and unplug the power cord, wait for a few seconds plug it back in and boot straight into linux...

I installed an additional nic card to resolve this.

The issue seems to have now been fixed in kernel Try updating the kernel.
Old 11-18-2006, 05:17 PM   #3
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phew, thanks for responding, i thought noone was gonna reply there for a second. i'll give it a whirl. -ps i havent come across this solution before, awesome

:: UPDATE, it works, that was EXACTLY the problem. now i just gotta update the kernel, thx again

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