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Old 10-27-2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Getting the internet to work. [Newbie]

Red Hat 9.0

Ok, the thing is that i dont know anything about Red Hat since im used to XP (running dual boot with GRUB).

So can anyone help me set up the xDSL connection?
I have tried to run that internet guide in the menu and typed in the password and username i recived by my ISP.
But arent there more settings you have to do before it works like, proxyserver port, DNS, domains, gateway?
The book i got with the connection shows how to do it in windows but i cant find any of those in any grafical meny in red hat, do i have to do it by commands in the terminal?

And also dosent my eth0 activate when i try to activate it unless i have run that guide to internet stuff in the meny. And now it wont activate at all. What is wrong ? do i have to intall drivers? it works from time to time.


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Old 10-27-2003, 06:05 PM   #2
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Some things we will need to know before helping:

1. How are you connecting from your DSL modem? Ethernet or USB?

2. What type of connection do you have? DHCP or Static assigned IP from your ISP?
Old 10-27-2003, 06:08 PM   #3
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1. i connect over a ethernet card

note: the card wont work at all now, but in xp its fine
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sorry I'm newbie also,but

when u type in console as root "ifconfig",does it shows the "eth0" and those IPs or just "Lo" (loopback) ?

If there is not eth0 then u don't have a driver installed for eth0.

I had same problem so I'm trying to help u as possible.If I'm wrong, then someone else will help u better.
Old 10-27-2003, 11:56 PM   #5
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Look at this
Old 10-28-2003, 02:44 AM   #6
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I dont know if Redhat 9.0 has this feature (i think it still does) but have you tried configuring your NIC card? Type this in root:


After filling in the fields that it requests, then try "ifconfig" to see if your eth0 interface is up. If it is still not up, state the error message and we'll try to figure it out. By the way, what is the manufacture of the NIC card? Redhat 9.0 does support a variety of NICs but yours may not be supported in the kernel.

Old 10-28-2003, 09:07 AM   #7
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Thanks for the adress namespace ill try that.

when i type /sbin/ifconfig as root in the terminal i get the following

lo Link encap: Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask :
RX Packets: 621 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets: 621 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carriers:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes: 41912 (40.9 kb) TX bytes 41912 (40.9 kb)

My NIC is a Micronet SP2500R series 10/100 Fast ethernet adapter.
Old 10-28-2003, 12:50 PM   #8
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Hi gafvert,

Well, wannalearnlinux is correct. You need a driver for that NIC. By looking at the manufacturer I have no idea which module you need to load. Do a google search to find out which module you can use to load for that NIC. Best of luck.

Old 10-28-2003, 01:19 PM   #9
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Here is some information i found on the 3.5" i got with the NIC.


Installing Driver:
(1.) Kernel Had Supported Driver:
Check the directory " /lib/modules/¡K./net " if you could find "rtl8139.o"
Your kernel had supported RTL8139 series. You could easy use "linuxconf"
to setup your card. If you don't like linuxconf, you also could use
"modprobe rtl8139" and "ifconfig up eth0" to load module.
If your driver load properly, your "/etc/conf.modules" should include
line of "alias eth0 rtl8139".

(2.) Kernel Don't Support Driver:
If your kernel doesn't support RTL8139 series, you should compiler driver
by yourself. Please contact
to get source code. The compiler command is located on the end of source
code. Maybe like "gcc -DMODULE -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -O6 -c rtl8139.c".
If you couldn't compiler success, maybe you should refer to error message
and copy library or head file to Linux.

Adjust Speed:
(1.) Adjusting speed:
Driver is designed with the gold that no options should be needed in most
environment. However not all cards and networks can be automatically configured,
thus allow operational parameters to be modify when they are loaded
as module. Typically the following variables may be set:
insmod rtl8139 options=0x40
Hex Decimal Meaning
0x10 16 ¡K..Force Full-Duplex operation (must be used with 0x20 or 0x40)
0x20 32 ¡K..Force 100mbps-only operation
0x40 64 ¡K..Force 10mbps-only

If loading as a module and configured /etc/conf.modules

alias eth0 rtl8139
options options=0x40

Look weird like that but I believe that works.

That's what I got out of the documentation. It seems like the
options are supported in the module. If not, you'll need to

Compiling syntax is at the end.

Run: "rtl8139-diag -F 10baseT-HD"

That will force it to 10Mbps at half-duplex. If you want full-duplex change it to 10baseT-FD.
You'll need a switch for full-duplex.

Once you establish that it works, you can write the setting to
the EEPROM with "rtl8139-diag -w".

Other information:
You could get some helpful information on these URLs.

I dunno how to do all this so can anyone plz help by explaning it step by step.
Also i like to know what a module is and what the word compile means, sorry about my noobieness ^_^

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*Laugh* I think you might have solved my issue without being able to solve yours... Simply enough. That is saying that your redhat isn't supporting RTL8139 as an ethernet card (According to it's based on a useless driver with changes made that are pointless) Basically all you need to do is copy the .c file to floppy or a mounted windows directory and run the gcc command all the way to the .c and that should "Compile" the new driver and make it a "Module" Compiling is just making a source code a running (Sorry people) Executable in this case a module which is basically a driver, but we're not running windows or we wouldn't be getting anything from this site.


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