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Old 05-23-2004, 01:03 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10: Internet and Root Login Problem

Total newbie...first post.

Just installed Mandrake 10.0 Community. Having two issues:

1. Internet Connection: PCMCIA ethernet card (Linksys NP100) starts at boot. Log says its started and lights on it and cable modem make me think they are communicating. Mozilla/Konquerer don't work though. I ran configuration and discovered no internet configuration existed. Tried to set up a new one:

a. Clicking "Hardware" brings up a dialog that tells me there's no hardware configured, please select "Hardware". Clicking "Hardware" again brings up the same dialog.
b. Tried clicking "add new", which brought me to a series of dialogs: For connection type, I've tried both "Cable" and "Network" with the same result. It brings me to a second dialog where I have to select the hardware file to attempt. I selected "axnet_cs" which works for this card in my Fedora and Knoppix installations. This brings me to a dialog that tells me the hardware is detected and asks if there is other hardware. Clicking "no" brings up a third dialog with a single radio button marked "manual" I believe. This radio button is selected and cannot be unselected. The only option here is cancel or next. Clicking next brings back the second dialog box in an apparent loop. Clicking cancel cancels out without writing the confuguration. Any ideas?

2. I'd read in another post about listing the file in /etc/modprobe/preload. I thought to try this but can't figure out how to log in as root. The only option at the login screen is the user account I created at install. Root isn't listed as an option. The "users and groups" section of configuration tools seems to allow maintenance of users (including root), but I can't see how I get them onto the login screen.

Old 05-23-2004, 01:50 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about this but I think you only configured your hardware but not your network.
The startup at bootup is only the hardware that's loaded (compare to windows: the hardware drivers are initialized). This is why it says it's loaded and the lights go on. But you have to configure the TCP/IP (hdcp client etc.) aswell. I think this is not configured, hence you don't have a IP and konqueror wont work.

I don't have mandrake so I can't tell you how you do this there.
Old 01-19-2005, 07:37 PM   #3
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Post np100 linux directions

Why no one looks on the installation disks for hardware I will never know....anywho, the following is the installation directions from the installation disk for this PC card:

1. Introductions
This document briefly describes how to use the Fast Ethernet 10/100 PC Card
in a Linux operating system. To make use of the Fast Ethernet 10/100 PC Card,
you need to install the PCMCIA Card Services which responds to card
insertion and removal events, loading and unloading drivers on demand.

Next section discusses the installation of the PCMCIA Card Services as
well as the configuration of LAN cards.

2. Installing the PCMCIA Card Services
Card Serives for Linux is written by David Hinds
<>. It is now a part of many of the Linux
distributions, like RedHat and Slackware. You need to install it into
your Linux system for use of the PCMCIA or "PC Card". The source version
is available at <> in the "/pub/pcmcia" dirctory,as
"pcmcia-cs-x.tar.gz". Replace "x" with the version number of the latest

To install the PCMCIA Card Services, you need to install a full kernel
source and do the following shell commands:

#tar zxvf pcmcia-cs-x.tar.gz
#cd pcmcia-cs-x
#make all
#make install

Generally, you don't need to change any default selections when you run
"./Configure" to configure the compiled environment. But if you want to
use Card Bus adapter, enable the (CardBus) option.

2.1 Configuration for LAN cards
For LAN card users, you need to use editor to edit the file
"/etc/pcmcia/network.opts" to assign IP address, netmask, gateway IP,
nameservers,broadcast address, and etc. after the Card Services
installation. A part of the file "network.opts" is as listed which is
mandatory setup for the TCP/IP of your Linux machine:

#File: /etc/pcmcia/network.opts
#Host's IP address, netmask, network address, broadcast address
#Gateway address for static routing
#Things to add to /etc/resolv.conf for this interface

Remember to reboot your Linux machine for the Card Services after

Now you should have the PCMCIA Card Services installed correctly.
If the Card Service is not installed properly, please see the
"PCMCIA-HOWTO" for the details in the root directory of the Card
Services source code to resolve installation and configuraton
Old 01-19-2005, 07:53 PM   #4
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I am new to linux, like a week into it - My question is this...where do I get a"A 2.0.*, 2.1.*, or 2.2.* series kernel source tree." and is it just one file, or multipule? I am at "" and I see like 40 diffrent .tar.gz files, do I need to get and install each one?
Old 01-19-2005, 08:43 PM   #5
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I am new to linux, like a week into it - My question is this...where do I get a"A 2.0.*, 2.1.*, or 2.2.* series kernel source tree."
You only want the kernel source for the kernel you have installed.
Here is how to determine what kernel you have and how to intall the source in Mandrake.
If your kernel is listed as different than mine, simply substitute your version in the urpmi command.
[don@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 don]$ cd /lib/modules
[don@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 modules]$ ls
[don@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 modules]$ su
[root@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 modules]# urpmi
The following packages contain
[root@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 modules]# urpmi kernel-source-2.6
installing /var/cache/urpmi/rpms/kernel-source-2.6-
Preparing...                ##################################################
   1:kernel-source-2.6      ##################################################
[root@x1-6-00-0a-e6-91-be-32 modules]#

Last edited by Lakota; 01-19-2005 at 08:46 PM.
Old 01-21-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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I have RedHat 9.0, like I said I am new to this. I noticed in my ...etc/pcmcia/network file that there is no network.opts, will this come in the kernal package or do I need to find that file for my version sepertly? I am trying to get this pc card to work, but with limited (very limited) linux knowladge...anyone please help in laymens tearms....?!?!!?!
Old 01-22-2005, 05:22 PM   #7
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A page that might help with anyone having issues with there pc cards...


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