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Old 09-07-2007, 02:16 PM   #1
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Angry unable to get r8169 to work on opensuse 102.

I have a HP pavillion dv6500CTO and for the life of me I cannot get the eth to work. I tried compiling and installing the driver from the Realtek website (r8169), but it made the problem even worse as the net manager did not even detect the card. I noticed that the module i have in is newer (the number is bigger) than the current one on the website.
Network manager seems to be able to configure the eth but then it does nothing. The router light is blinking on and of, the led from the net port is off.
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Things to try, at least to get more info to report here:
1) Yast - Network devices - Network card. Is the card correctly identified? If it's not detected, open the case and make certain it's firmly installed (I had a similar problem recently. Once I reseated the card, things went smoothly).
2) Since you're running Suse, you probably have the hwinfo utility installed (or it's available on installation media). In a console, run '/usr/sbin/hwinfo --netcard'. It should correctly identify the card (assuming the card is properly seated) and the driver (r8169 is already in the kernel, by the way).
3) In a console, run 'modinfo <module name> from step 2. If there are module dependencies (other modules to load first), modinfo should tell you which modules to load.
4) Run lsmod to see if they are indeed loaded.
5) Come back with more info.
Old 09-08-2007, 01:16 AM   #3
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Thanks for replying Bigrigdriver,
I know the card should work b/c it's a laptop and it works just fine in Winblows Vista. From what i gathered there were no extra modules to load and everything should have been loaded properly. By configuring the card from the yast (which detected it) i get the same result as from doing nothing - it pretends like it sees a network, but in fact it has no connection with the network. LED on router still blinks at a set interval, LEd on the net card still off.

by running the commands you told me i got this:
linux-lappy:/home/paulpc # /usr/sbin/hwinfo --netcard
28: PCI 200.0: 0280 Network controller
[Created at pci.286]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_8086_4229
Unique ID: B35A.dFdMEvTRjP5
Parent ID: z8Q3.yjCEx5JbDxB
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.0/0000:02:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:02:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: "Intel Network controller"
Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
Device: pci 0x4229
SubVendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
SubDevice: pci 0x1100
Revision: 0x61
Memory Range: 0xf8000000-0xf8001fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 5 (no events)
Module Alias: "pci:v00008086d00004229sv00008086sd00001100bc02sc80i00"
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #15 (PCI bridge)

29: PCI 600.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
[Created at pci.286]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10ec_8136
Unique ID: rBUF.AqfLKmJBCU4
Parent ID: HnsE.6tejkoUeUmF
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.5/0000:06:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:06:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: "Hewlett-Packard Company Ethernet controller"
Vendor: pci 0x10ec "Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd."
Device: pci 0x8136
SubVendor: pci 0x103c "Hewlett-Packard Company"
SubDevice: pci 0x30cc
Revision: 0x01
Driver: "r8169"
Driver Modules: "r8169"
Device File: eth0
I/O Ports: 0x4000-0x4fff (rw)
Memory Range: 0xf8100000-0xf8100fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Memory Range: 0x88000000-0x8801ffff (ro,prefetchable,disabled)
IRQ: 177 (1 event)
HW Address: 00:1b:24:6a:5a:1b
Link detected: no
Module Alias: "pci:v000010ECd00008136sv0000103Csd000030CCbc02sc00i00"
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: r8169 is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe r8169"
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #17 (PCI bridge)
linux-lappy:/home/paulpc # modinfo r8169
filename: /lib/modules/
author: Realtek and the Linux r8169 crew <>
description: RealTek RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver
license: GPL
version: 2.2LK-NAPI
vermagic: SMP mod_unload 586 REGPARM gcc-4.1
supported: yes
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008129sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008136sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008167sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008168sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008169sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001186d00004300sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001259d0000C107sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000016ECd00000116sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00001737d00001032sv*sd00000024bc*sc*i*
srcversion: 47165840BDC9030EF439F40
parm: debugebug verbosity level (0=none, ..., 16=all) (int)
parm: use_dac:Enable PCI DAC. Unsafe on 32 bit PCI slot. (int)
parm: rx_copybreak:Copy breakpoint for copy-only-tiny-frames (int)
parm: media:force phy operation. Deprecated by ethtool (8). (array of int)
Old 05-07-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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10.3 resolved the issue.

Well, the issue is resolved in Suse 10.3. It just works. 11.0 had some of the same problems while in RC2 (while trying a net install), but I am unsure how the final will work when it'll be released.


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