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Old 07-05-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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e1000e driver does not work after gentoo installation.

Recently I wanted to install Gentoo, but now I am stuck with the configuration of my NIC(
Intel Corporation 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection (rev 02)). During the installation process using the live cd, eth0 was detected fine and i could easily set it up using net-setup. Net-setup showed me, that my device uses the e1000e driver, therefore I selected this driver when i configured my kernel. After the reboot eth0 was not detected anymore. I also tried to use e100 or e1000 driver, none of these worked for me. Furthermore i decided to try compiling a kernel using defconfig, this did not work too. (The e1000e driver isn't included in defconfig)

Note: When I execute lsmod using the livecd it shows me that e1000e is not used. I do not want to load it as a module anyway.
Old 07-05-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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If you build the Kernel you must build and install the modules
one a lot of people short cut the config. My favorite .config is Pat's from Slackware for his Huge smp kernel. You should try never to build in the /usr/src/linux area because of conflicting headers. this is written on every read me file that comes with every released kernel. so make your folders in your directory called /home/your-name/build/kernel this creates a clean work area. now as root cd /usr/src/linux-your-kernel.
and do a "make mrproper"
then copy the hugesmp.config to
/usr/src/linux-your-kernel. rename it .config
now it is time to configure it.
cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.N
make O=/home/name/build/kernel oldconfig
make O=/home/name/build/kernel
sudo make O=/home/name/build/kernel modules_install install
Please note: If the 'O=output/dir' option is used then it must be
used for all invocations of make.
Why a make old config if anything is added to the kernel you have a chance to put it in.
you will then get a lilo output if you are using grub then do not worry.
if using lilo you must do lilo from your host operating system that is using lilo.
for 32 bit OS right click this link and save as
and if your doing a 64 bit OS
right click this link and save as
this kernel will run 99 percent of everything and has support for your system.
just send Pat a Thank you His long hard work for a stable system has surpassed any other distro.
the .config is for kernel try to stay with a 2.6.29 source.

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Old 07-05-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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I compiled the kernel using that config. Regardless that the kernel now supports a lot of stuff I'll never need, my ethernet still doesn't work.

I tried to load e1000e via modprobe.

dmesg output:

e1000e: Unknown symbol __vlan_hwaccel_rx
e1000e: Unknown symbol contig_page_data

The config doesn't seem to be the problem in this case. I'll try building a kernel using genkernel.


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