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neilalcorn 06-04-2007 02:22 PM

Cannot get my onboard Intel (945GC Chipset) ethernet connection established

I am trying to connect my onboard Intel (945GC) ethernet port through Mandriva. I went thru the GUI Linux control center, but when I get to choosing the driver I do not see a driver readily available. I did try the generic e100 driver with no luck. Is there no support for this, do I need to change to a PCI NIC? Any advice greatly appreciated.

Newbie Neil

DiBosco 06-05-2007 07:25 PM

I'm really surprised you're having Ethernet problems, even with on board Ethernet.

What, exactly, have you done? Gone to control centre, Network and Internet and then Setup a New Network Interface, choosing Ethernet in the process? I have never known that sort of approach not to work, even going back six or seven years!

What motherboard is it?

neilalcorn 06-05-2007 11:46 PM

Yah I thought it was strange that the onboard would not work. Yes I went thru the GUI (control center). When I choose the generic e100 Intel driver, for some reason it does not take it. It takes me back to the "load driver manually page". Very strange.

I will have to check the motherboard when I get back in the office. I am using Mandriva Server 2006. Kernel: 2.6.12-12mdksmp

This is a brand new Compaq server. Appreciate your assistance.

ernie 06-06-2007 01:34 AM

Just to make sure this is clear, Mandriva Linux includes both the KDE Control Center aka KCC (System > Configuration > Control Center in the menu system) and the Mandriva Control Center aka MCC (System > Configuration > Configure your computer in the menu system). To successfully set up a network connection, you will be best served to use MCC.

After opening MCC, select Network & Internet in the navigation pane (left).

Open the Set up a new network interface (LAN, ISDN, ADSL, ...) icon in the main pane.

The remaining steps should be fairly self explanatory.


neilalcorn 06-06-2007 02:54 PM

Ernie, I am using MCC. I am still unable to even load the driver. Bare with me as I am new to the whole Linux world (but enjoying the learning process). As I mentioned before when I choose the generic e100 driver and click next, a seems as if a window pops up real quick then disappears. At that point the it takes me back to the "load driver manually page". I am thinking of possibly going with a PCI LAN card that is supported by Mandriva.


DiBosco 06-06-2007 03:03 PM

What motherboard are you using please?

neilalcorn 06-06-2007 03:26 PM

Manufacturer: ECS
Motherboard Name: 945GCT-HM
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Livermore-GL6

DiBosco 06-06-2007 06:29 PM

From the digging I did it looks like it's an prebuilt HP machine, is that right? I am not sure that 945GC is the Ethernet chip. I still am not sure about whether you're using MCC correctly though as I've never been asked to load a driver there. Of course this could be because all Ethernet interfaces have had drivers available!

neilalcorn 06-07-2007 08:13 AM

Yes this is a brand new Compaq/HP box. I am to sure if the actual ethernet chip is 945 as well. I will have to double check. I'm pretty confident that I am going thru MCC correctly. I can take a snap shot and post it up so you can see what it happening.

neilalcorn 06-07-2007 02:35 PM

The ethernet chip is Realtek RTL8201E. I just realized that you cannot embedd snapshots in here. Anyways I was able to grab on old 3com PCI ethernet adaptor and Mandriva picked it right up and I was able to go through MCC with no issues, but this is only a temporary solution as I need the PCI slot that it is currently using.

I even tried using ndiswrapper on the windows realtek driver, no go.

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