-   Linux - Networking (
-   -   Slackware 9.0: "No network interface card found" (

Xylon 09-29-2003 12:56 PM

Slackware 9.0: "No network interface card found"
In KDE I go to the Local Network Browsing Control Module, click the tab 'LISa Daemon', click 'Guided LISa Setup', click Next and get the message:


No network interface card was found on your system.

Possible reason: no network card is installed. You probably want to cancel now or enter your IP address and network manually
However there is obviously a network card installed because I am connected to the Internet on ADSL. Why is KDE giving me this rediculous error message and how do I fix it?

MrSmee 09-29-2003 01:05 PM

We'll need some more details, like what kind of network card is it, (what brand, chipset, etc..) is it a pci card, a usb network connection?? Is it 10/100 gigabit, wireless?? If you don't know these details, physically look at the card by taking the cover off of your computer, and put whatever info you can find here, once we know what kind of card it is, you might be able to get some more details as to how to get linux to recognize it.


Xylon 09-29-2003 01:14 PM

It is 10/100, and my hub is currently set to 10. It's an onboard ethernet card and the kernel module for it is named sis900. I'm running Slackware 9.0 with Kernel 2.4.20 (If I remember correctly). Linux must ALREADY reconize it since I used the adsl-start script to connect to the internet, which uses the ethernet card.

When connected to the internet, ifconfig gives the following output:



eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:07:95:FB:7A:D9
RX packets:5981 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:6305 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:5 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:5310745 (5.0 Mb) TX bytes:822007 (802.7 Kb)
Interrupt:5 Base address:0xd800

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:558 (558.0 b) TX bytes:558 (558.0 b)

ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr: P-t-P: Mask:
RX packets:5621 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:5982 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
RX bytes:5157350 (4.9 Mb) TX bytes:680701 (664.7 Kb)
It is not a wireless connection, and I am trying to (eventually) read shared files on a Windows computer.

I'm not sure what other details I should write. The thing I find highly suspicious is I can connect to the internet so something is reconizing the network card, but the wizards in KDE are not.

slightcrazed 09-29-2003 01:28 PM

I think LISa may be looking for a card on eth0, which you do not have. My guess is that you can point LISa to ppp0 as opposed to eth0 (which I am assuming it defaults to). Have you read through any HOWTO's or man pages on LISa?


MrSmee 09-29-2003 01:30 PM

I think I know what you are saying now..... and I aplogize, I don't know quite how to fix this problem, but I'll tell you what I think it is... Because you are using an ADSL connection, that is what KDE assumes that your ethernet connection is....... I am once again guessing that you have your adsl modem connected to the hub, and then two or more computers also connected, so they see the modem as simply another connection?? I will also assume that you have to use PPoE or something similar to sign on to your ADSL connection?? ( these things are all true in my home, so that's where this bit of advice is coming from ) If these are true... does your hub also have a router built in?? If it does, you should be able to configure it to sign on to ppoe for you, and from there, just tell your computers to use DHCP to get their IP's (assuming the router has a built in DHCP server, as most do)
If you don't have access to a router, you can get a second network card and install it on your linux machine, and then set it up to share the internet connection with your other computers.

If all this is too wordy, here are the two options I am thinking, with some crude graphics to go with them..... bear with me

Option 1 (with a hub/router)
Incoming Phone Line <--------> ADSL Modem <------->Router configured to sign on using PPoE, and configured to assign DHCP addresses to it's clients<------>One or more computers whose network cards are set up to use DHCP for IP addressing.

Option 2 (cheaper than a router)
Incoming Phone Line <--------> ADSL Modem <------->Linux Box, configured to act as a DHCP server, in addition to signing on to the net using PPoE which also has two network cards, card one going to the ADSL modem, card two going to your hub/switch<------>hub/switch<----->one or more computers who use the linux box as a DHCP server and internet gateway.....


Xylon 09-29-2003 03:00 PM

slightcrazed: No I have no read any documentation on LISA. In fact, I'm not even sure what LISA does. It was under Local Network Browsing in the settings in KDE and I saw "Guided Setup" so I decided I'd click that and hope for the best. There is nothing tremendously important on the Windows computer so I don't feel like putting in a massive effort to make it work. I've spent alot of time configuring other things lately, and this was low priority, and I was hoping that for once a wizard would actually work. :)

Xylon 09-29-2003 03:04 PM

MrSmee you are correct, my ISP uses PPPOE. There is another computer on the network using Windows XP, also connected to the hub. The adsl modem is also connected to the hub.

In Windows I am able to connect to the internet AND view shared network files at the same time. Of course, the network still works even if I disconnect the ADSL-connection. Since it works in Windows maybe the hub has a router built in -- I don't know. The word router is not written on the hub anywhere. :)

But since all of this works in Windows I assume I do NOT need more hardware (ie router, ethernet cards, etc) to get it to work under Linux.

Xylon 10-01-2003 09:46 PM

More info about my problem here:

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:29 AM.