On 28 Sep 2006, at 16:49, Greg Frith wrote:
A reply to my own message with my final 'solution' in case this is of benefit to anyone else searching the archive with a similar issue.
I borrowed another basic (unbranded) network card with the same RealTek chipset and tried this, it gave me exactly the same error and i was unable to bring up a network connection with it. Therefore I concluded that there was nothing wrong with the network hardware.
I finally gave in and purchased a new motherboard, processor, memory and PSU. Having installed these components and booted up on the same hard disk which had the FC5 install from the previous machine the system immediately recognised the network hardware built into the motherboard (again a RealTek chipset) and the network was up. Being a glutton for punishment, I then installed the original Netgear GA311 card and re-booted. Again the machine immediately saw the card and had access to the network.
So, an incompatibility either between the network hardware and old motherboard/BIOS or Linux and the old motherboard/BIOS. Whichever i just wish i hadn't tried to save myself a few £££ in the first place and bought a new machine straight away. The old motherboard by the way was a Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 with an AMD 751/756 chipset.