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Re: problems in installing realtek 8139 network card

On Sat, Sep 16, 2006 at 10:13:56PM +0200, Per-Anton Rønning wrote:
> Charles Curley wrote:
> >On Sat, Sep 16, 2006 at 11:38:41AM -0400, G.Wolfe Woodbury wrote:
> >  
> >neat is an alias for system-config-network.
> >  
> ... and I have used neat.
> >>It may be that it's old enough to be an ISA-PNP card, and that won't
> >>show up in lspci.
> >>    
> >
> >Good point; I forgot about that
> >  
> To clarify that - I bought the card a couple of weeks ago, so it is 
> brand new

Well, then it is most likely PCI. In that case it should show up in

> Charles:
> >Check the BIOS to be sure that the Realtec card isn't being
> >ignored. Some BIOSes show a list of hardware found during boot. You
> >may also have to go into the BIOS setup and make sure it isn't being
> >ignored.
> I did intercept the bios during bootup, but this bios shows no such list as 
> far as I could see.


> Charles:
> >Try swaping the two cards. Just a hunch and a bit of magic incantation
> >that sometimes works.
> Yes, I have also thought about that. I'll do that tomorrow.  What else 
> could it be when the system seems not to discvover the presence of this 
> card? Well, I don't quite know, but its definitely worth a try.

It could be buggy firmware. Is there an upgrade for the firmware?

I believe the Linux kernel does its own enumeration and setup of the
PCI bus. But I once saw, many years ago, a BIOS which would
arbitrarily turn off multiple PCI cards of the same type. I suppose it
was on the theory that, well, the user really only needs one of each,
so we'll turn off duplicates. Once the card was turned off, neither NT
(which also enumerates the PCI bus itself) nor Linux could find it.

We complained loudly to the supplier, who got us a firmware upgrade
from the vendor.

> >>Check dmesg to see if the kernel detects an ISA card, and then try
> >>configuring it via the s-c-network utility
> >>    
> No reference to ISA came up when using dmesg.

Well, if it's a PCI card, that is good news.


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