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Old 06-27-2002, 11:24 AM   #1
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Realtek 8139 pci network card and RH 7.3

Does anybody know of any issues with RH 7.3 and Realtec 8139c PCMCIA cards for laptops? the hcl says it's compatible with RH 7.3, and in fact I was using it with RH 7.2 on the same laptop.
When I boot up, the machine says

8139dcp: PCI dev 06:00 (id 10ec:8139 Rev 10) is not on 8139c+ compatible chip

8139cp: try the "8139too" driver instead.

I don't know where these drivers are, nor how to change them.

Thanks in advance for the help
Old 08-01-2002, 08:04 AM   #2
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search for the driver and there will probly be instructions with it,
Old 08-03-2002, 01:36 AM   #3
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change/edit the line about your ethernet card (probably eth0) in your /etc/conf.modules (or /etc/modules.conf) to read

alias eth0 8139too

This should make it use the correct driver for your card.

Old 09-03-2002, 05:16 PM   #4
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I just had the same problem. It seems 8139cp and 8139too have the same ID string in /lib/modules/2.4.18/modules.pcimap.

Remove the offending line beginning with 8139cp and your card should be correctly detected again.
Old 09-03-2002, 10:59 PM   #5
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quick question... is the 8139too the correct driver for this nic?
Old 09-03-2002, 11:17 PM   #6
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8139too nic driver

I'm not sure about that. But It worked in RH 7.2, the card that is. When I upgraded to 7.3, then I had trouble with the card.

I can, as su, /etc/init.d/network restart and all is well. But I have to issue that command manually everytime I want to use my laptop.
Old 09-06-2002, 09:25 PM   #7
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I have a question along the lines of this thread. When I compile a driver for a nic card. Where do I copy this compiled driver to?



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