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Old 06-08-2004, 09:50 PM   #1
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NIC Problem Mandrake vs. XP

Hey All,

I installed Mandrake 10 CE, and apart from other problems (which I will give their own thread) I have a big problem with my onboard NIC.

I have two harddrives, identical Maxtor 80Gb drives. I have winxp pro on one, and mandrake 10 CE on the other, choosing my boot through bios boot order.

Since I installed mandrake, my onboard NIC does not work in WinXP. On powering on the computer, I have no link light. If I boot into WinXP I get the helpfull little XP bubble in my system tray that lets me know that "a network cable is unplugged".

However, when I boot into mandrake, I have no link light either. Once the boot process starts, it runs through a bunch of checks, one of which is "init ethernet adapter eth0" or something, which it says Failed in red in the left hand column. Once I am into KDE though, my link light pops on and I have full connectivity.

The wierd thing is I cannot find settings in my bios to disable/enable my onboard NIC (Broadcom 4401 I think) and I don't have a link light until mandrake does it's voodoo.

Anybody have a clue how to fix this?
Old 06-09-2004, 09:15 AM   #2
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Can you post an output of dmesg ? Actually the part related to eth0.

Dmesg contains all the messages that are logged during the start-up process.

Do you use DHCP or static IP addresses ?
If you use DHCP try static IP address.

What is the output of:


cat /etc/sysconfig/network
cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

What kernel level do you have ?

I know that the kernel levels below 2.6.6 have their problems with DHCP.

Therefore I suggest you go to kernel 2.6.7-rc2.

Last edited by Vlad-A; 06-09-2004 at 10:12 AM.
Old 06-09-2004, 10:49 AM   #3
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OK - here is selected parts of dmesg
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.

Broadcom 4401 Ethernet Driver bcm4400 ver. 3.0.7 (10/31/03)
PCI: Enabling device 00:09.0 (0004 -> 0006)
PCI: Assigned IRQ 5 for device 00:09.0
eth0: Broadcom BCM4401 100Base-T found at mem de000000, IRQ 5, node addr 00e018e4de66
PCI: Enabling device 00:0e.0 (0004 -> 0005)
PCI: Assigned IRQ 10 for device 00:0e.0
bcm4400: eth0 NIC Link is Up, 100 Mbps full duplex
I use DHCP, and don't have trouble getting an ip address in linux. Just since I installed linux I don't get a link between my onboard NIC and my router during boot up (like I used to) or in WinXP (also like I used to.)

output of ifconfig:
[suprspi@localhost suprspi]$ ifconfig
bash: ifconfig: command not found
am I doing something wrong here?


[suprspi@localhost suprspi]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network
[suprspi@localhost suprspi]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
Now I have to get dressed and get to work - I'll check back on this later. Thanks for the help Vlad.

Old 06-09-2004, 11:42 AM   #4
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Boot with boot option

If this does not help then:

Login as root.


Since you have 2 cards: There must be also

First make a backup of the ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-eth1 files.

cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
cp ifcfg-eth0 ifcfg-eth0.bak
cp ifcfg-eth1 ifcfg-eth1.bak

Modify the parameters in both files (ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-eth1) like folowing


You may also add (I do not know if Mandrake recognizes this)

where "name" is the name of your server.

You may also add to your /etc/sysconfig/network

again name is the name of your server.

*Delete* the NETMASK entry in *both* files (so ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-eth1)
Since you are usig DHCP you do not need a NETMASK Entry.

As for the XP Problem:

Try to delete the Ethernet Adapter in the Hardware Manager reboot Windows XP.

Last edited by Vlad-A; 06-09-2004 at 03:01 PM.


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