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Re: problems in installing realtek 8139 network card

I first removed the eth1 card from the device table. Then I started up again:

Entering eth1 via neat > new > Ethernet connection > Other Ethernet Card
Adapter: RTL8139, SMC EZ Card Fast Ethernet
After reboot
Inactive eth1 .( eth1 Ethernet
Descrition                                |Type          |Device    |Status
Marvell technology group        | Ethernet     | eth0      | ok
RTL8139, SMC EZ Card         | Ethernet     | eth1     | configured

Trying to activate card:
"Canot activate network device eth1!"
"8139too device eth1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization"

modprobe 8139too has given this modprobe.conf file (WITH reboot after modprobe)
alias eth0 skge
alias scsi_hostadapter ata_piix
alias snd-card-0 snd-intel8x0
options snd-card-0 index=0 options snd-intel8x0 index=0 remove snd-intel8x0 { /usr/sbin/alsactl store 0 >/dev/null 2>&1 || : ; }; /sbin/modprobe -r --ignore-remove snd-intel8x0
alias eth1 8139too
Seems ok .. ?

So the question is:
What exactly is the filename "activate" is looking for, and in what folder does it look?
That should be an interesting question.

As far as I can see the driver is there, but it is still not there!
Like i ghost .... :-)
But I don't believe in ghosts! So there must be a rational explanation.
Even if it does not show up in the lspci listing.
NB! I also changed the physical location of the card, I cannot swap it with eth0, since eth0 it seems to be integrated in the motherboard. Bud I moved it to the uppermost slot.


Charles Curley wrote:
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


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
I did intercept the bios during bootup, but this bios shows no such list as far as I could see.


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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