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Re: Procedure to replace a NIC.

Your only responsibility is to verify that your new card is actually
supported under Linux, and specifically by the Fedora kernel.

As long as the new card's drivers are in the Fedora kernel, you're all set.

This will get the NIC working 9 times out of 10 all right.

Call me the 1 out of 10 guy. I removed the eth0 alias in modprobe.conf, shut down the first machine, replaced the NIC and rebooted.

dmesg shows:
eth0: Identified chip type is 'RTL8169s/8110s'.
eth0:RTL8169 at 0xe88e8000, 00:40:f4:ee:2f:ff, IRQ 11

So, I understand the TrendNet TEG-PCITXR Ggigabit PCI card that I've installed has a RealTek 8169 chipset.

modprobe.conf has a new line:
alias eth0 r8169

This all looks good. Further, the following directories exist:

I don't know this for fact, but I'd think this all indicates that the chipset is recognized by the kernel (2.6.17-1.2174_FC5). I am not certain of how to better confirm this.

Yet, no network connection. So, I edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 and update the hardware address, which is still listed as the old card's address, and then restart the network.

I can locally ping the card on both its static public address and its loopback, but cannot reach anything else.

Any ideas? Thanks for all the responses, so far!

Steven Stromer

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