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ramachandr 08-29-2006 01:14 PM

RTL8139 RH9.0 kernel 2.4.20-8 internet connection

I am trying to configure my internet connection in Red Hat Linux version 9.0 and kernel 2.4.20-8. I have partitioned my hard drive and one partition has Windows XP in it whereas the other has RH Linux 9.0. I have pppoe broadband internet connection with dhcp settings in Windows XP and it's working fine. My Windows XP Device Manager indicates that the network card is RTL8139 PCI Ethernet.

However /etc/sysconfig/hwconf in Linux is not detecting the card. I find unknown vendor | unknown device mentioned in the file. I guess RH 9.0 is supposed to automatically detect the internet connection settings.

Can someone indicate to me the reason why the card is not detected?

Many thanks,

acid_kewpie 08-29-2006 01:31 PM

probably due to an out of date pci.ids file which doesn't know the card. do yourself a favour and get a version of linux that is actually still being maintained and not obselete for 4 years.

camorri 08-29-2006 01:52 PM

Do you have a driver loaded for the card? As root do a command 'lsmod' ( without the quotes ) and see if you have a driver loaded.

Just a guess, RH 9 is getting old, and that card is fairly new. RH 9 may not have come witht the driver.

If the there is no driver loaded, you will have to find out what driver supports your card, and load it. Config the card with correct information, and you should be running.

Is this a desktop or a laptop machine? If laptop, is the card pcmcia, wired or wireless?

ramachandr 08-29-2006 11:30 PM

RedHat Linux Internet 9.0 Kernel 2.4.20-8

It's a desktop machine. Anyway isn't Red Hat Linux 9 supposed to detect network card automatically? I tried to load 8139too.c driver and yet when I did a modprobe it indicated to me that device interface is not detected.

So which is the latest Red Hat Linux version?


acid_kewpie 08-30-2006 01:45 AM

for a home desktop user the natural descendent for rh9 is fedora core 5. i assume you just picked rh9 cos it had a nice high number?

utanja 08-30-2006 05:30 AM

i have run rh9 a few years back and had no probs with the 8139 card...i used the t9139too driver. it detected automatically...

acid_kewpie 08-30-2006 06:46 AM

yeah i'd recommend 8139too over rtl8139 generally.

ramachandr 08-30-2006 07:44 AM


So what is the solution for this issue? Why is it not detecting the card automatically?


acid_kewpie 08-30-2006 07:57 AM

well i still stand by my original sugestion, your card is too new for the distribution. you could update your pci.ids file anually though if you want. better solution is to ditch rh9 though

ramachandr 08-31-2006 12:25 AM

So how do I update my pci.ids? What are the steps that I should follow to update my pci.ids?

Many thanks,

ramachandr 09-02-2006 02:17 PM


As suggested by you, I have installed Fedora Core 5 on my system. However it's not recognising my serial 3 button Logitec mouse. At the same time, when I try connecting to internet, it's not connecting. Is there any configuration that I must do after installation or the OS should detect these automatically.

Many thanks,

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