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Old 07-22-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
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Changing cardbus settings to make an internet connection

I'm trying to get an internet connection with my notebook, but there seems to be a problem with my cardbus ethernetcard. I also have a USB stick to make a wireless connection with my modem, if this may be easier, than I think this is also a possibility.
I'm a complete newbie, so I hope I get help with the lots commands to use. As I have not an internetconnection yet, I have to typeover evrything. Already thanks for al the (specific) help I get with this problem.

* Notebook: Fujitsu Siemens C4175, Intel Celeron 500.
* Cardbus: Texas Instruments Silicom PCI 1420 PC card Cardbus controller
* ADSL connection by Online (20/1Mb)
* Modem/Router: Online Livebox (also known as the Wanadoo or Orange Livebox), it is a modem and router with VoIP, originally form Sagem.
* Linux SuSe 10.3
* Wired connection

Two other computers working on the internet (PC with XP and a Wireless notebook with Vista)

- ifconfig
eth0 Link encap: Ethernet HWaddr 00:E0:ED:01:B0:42
inet6 addr: fe80::2e0:edff:fe01:b042/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:0 errors:1 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:359 errors:1 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0b) TX bytes:110231 (107.6 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x3000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:183 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:183 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:12573 (12.2 Kb) TX bytes:12573 (12.2 Kb)

- ethtool et0
Settings for eth0:
No data available

Hope this is complete enough for now...

Last edited by lancering; 07-22-2008 at 08:38 AM.
Old 07-23-2008, 01:50 AM   #2
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Suse includes a utility called hwinfo (a hardware library) which may be of help. I don't remember if hwinfo is installed by default, or if it must be installed after installation of Suse. In a console, try 'man hwinfo'. It the man page is displayed, you have it installed. Run the command: hwinfo --netcard.

If hwinfo detects your ethernet card, the information returned will tell you which driver is needed for the card, and if the driver is active. If it is not active, then 'modprob <driver name>' to load the module and probe the hardware.

For more information from Suse's documentation in re ADSL, see file:///usr/share/doc/manual/opensuse-manual_en/manual/ in your favorite browser (Section 14.1 of the OpenSuse Manual).
Old 07-24-2008, 04:15 AM   #3
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Thanks bigrigdriver> The internet connection is still not active, however I think I'm a step closer to the solution.

# hwinfo --netcard
22: PCI 600.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
Driver: "tulip"
Driver Modules: "tulip"
Device File: eth0
I/0 Ports: 0x3000-0x30ff (rw)
Memory Range: 0x1c000000-0x1c0003ff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Memory Range: 0x18000000-0x1803ffff (ro,prefetchable,disabled)
IRQ: 11 (57 events)
HW Address: 00:e0:ed01:b0:42
Link detected: yes
Module Alias: "pci:v0001011d00000019sv00001374sd00000008bc02sc00i00"
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: tulip is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe tulip"
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #14 (Cardbus Bridge)

So If I understand it correct, my notebook recognizes the ethernetcard and the drivers are installed, but the ethernetcard is not configured yet. That may also be the reason that there's no data available from the ethernetcard.

Quite weird, if I try to configure the ethernetcard, for example changing it's speed
- ethtool -s eth0 speed 100
Cannot et current device settings.

- ifstatus eth0
Network interface is managed from Networkmanager
eth0 is up

Can anybody help me out, probably I'm not thinking in the right way...

Last edited by lancering; 07-24-2008 at 07:30 AM.


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