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Old 12-25-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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Installing Drivers for Intel PRO/1000 GT

I purchased an Intel PRO/1000 GT for an old desktop running CentOS 5.

After popping the card in I looked at ifconfig and realized the card was not listed.

I downloaded the drivers for it through Intel's website but was not able to install them. The README for the drivers had two installation options. The first was to create an RPM, but I received the following error after running rpmbuild -tb e1000-8.0.6.tar.gz
RPM build errors:
Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.4006 (%build)
The second installation option was to run make install, but that resulted in this error:
Makefile:71: *** Linux kernel source not found in any of these locations:
Makefile:73: *** Install the appropriate kernel development package, e.g.
Makefile:74: *** kernel-devel, for building kernel modules and try again. Stop.
I ran yum install kernel-devel but that didn't help.

So I did some googling, and found a few posts that said CentOS 5 should already have the drivers for this card. I did a file search for e1000 and found several results. But no matter what I do, ifconfig still doesn't list the card.


I don't know if this is helpful, but when I do modprobe e1000 it does not return anything. When I tried insmod I got this error:
[root@localhost e1000]# insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18-92.1.6.el5/kernel/drivers/net/e1000/e1000.ko
insmod: error inserting '/lib/modules/2.6.18-92.1.6.el5/kernel/drivers/net/e1000/e1000.ko': -1 File exists

Does anyone have any suggestions? Do I need to install the drivers for the card, or do I just need to activate the card somehow?

Thanks and happy holidays.
Old 12-25-2008, 10:11 PM   #2
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You could try 'ifconfig -a' to show recognized devices. You should also 'man ifconfig'.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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Just a minute....Why does OP need to look into xorg.conf? He's talking about network card.
I mean is it really required? I never had problems with network cards so I do not know much much xorg.conf should have configurations related to X.
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1000 GT and Fedora 9

I had the same problem.. seems the PRO/1000GT is not supported by the e1000 driver that comes with Fedora 9. Well actually it will work but only at 10baseT. If you try to kick it over to 100baseT or 1000baseT using ethtool then it fails.


Upgrade to Fedora 10 or (as I did) swap it for an Intel PRO/1000T model.
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According to the hardware site that cvard should be supported with the e1000 driver, which should already be part of Centos 5. a simple modprobe e1000 should make the card active, but it will still need a configuration.

Did you ADD an interface configuration file for the new card ?

For each network interface, there is a corresponding interface configuration script. Each of these files provide information specific to a particular network interface.


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