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Old 01-12-2004, 07:55 PM   #16
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O.k. I tried it and got an error trying to install it still. The pci-scan went fine, not sure what it did, but it went fine. And I'm still getting a message saying that it's not there. What exactly did pci-scan do? Like I said. Went in fine, but didn't give me any more information than I already had that I saw.
Old 01-12-2004, 08:19 PM   #17
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Kernel modules are like system DLLs in windows, but different. Modules in Linux are just object code that is linked into the kernel at run time. RTL8139 has external depenancies that are defined in pci-scan.o. After you loaded pci-scan did you try to load RTL8139? That is the module that you need loaded. All of these external depenacies are resovled once the modules are put into the /lib/modules/<kernel version> directory and moddep is run. Moddep writes a file modules.dep file. When you use modprobe to load the module it uses this file to load all dependent modules before loading the actual module you requested to load. This might not make any sense if you have never delt with compiling many source files into object code and then linking it into a since exec.

Did you get any errors when you tryed loading RTL8139.o?
Old 01-12-2004, 11:05 PM   #18
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Yes I did try loading rtl8139.o then just to make sure I tried 8139cp.o and 8139too.o... (I'm a little anal when it comes to making sure things are done.) I did not however try to re-do the kernel after I loaded those into the mod dir. I will try that tonight and get back to you tomorrow on the results of that one. I did read somewhere that rtl8139 is out of date, but then again I read somewhere else in here that it was the other way around so I've been trying all of them... As I said before. I'm anal when it comes to that. I did however miss the re-compile of the kernel when I put them into the modules directory.


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