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Old 12-30-2006, 02:04 PM   #1
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Seeking compiled RTL8139.O file

Hey everyone,

I've installed Xubuntu 6.10 on an old machine of mine and have recently added an Belkin Wired Network adapter (Model# FD5000). Xubuntu did not recognize the card when I tried to do a system repair so I went to and downloaded a driver for linux. Basically, I am having a very difficult time compiling the RTL8139.c file and was wondering if anyone has an already compiled RTL8139.o file, which they could upload for me to use. I am a newbie at linux, and although I do want to learn a bit about it, I'm mainly interested in using it for everyday tasks and therefore not great at compiling code. If anyone has a compiled RTL8139.O file that would be great and I think I should be able to take it from there (although if I run into any more problems, I'm sure I'll find more help here!)

Thank you very much for your help!

Old 12-31-2006, 12:01 AM   #2
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Hm, well this might work in rare cases, but chances are that it just won't load into the kernel you use or worse, make your system unstable.

Usually, a kernel driver/module has to be compiled to run for your kernel / system.

But the least thing you should do is to post your exact kernel version number.
Open up a terminal and type
uname -a

Then perhaps someone with a similar system may compile it for you.

But I still think it is easier to check the README of the driver source you downloaded and follow its instructions.

Maybe you just need to install an additional packet for your distro which contains the modules needed.
Search for a package named *modules-<kernelversion> that looks like it might contain what you need.

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if you have an realtek 8139 bvased card, then you have two choices, 8139too and rtl8139. the former is generally preferable over the one you think you want, and also it's very uncommon for *both* to not already be sitting on your system ready for use. you do not need to download anything or compile anything.


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