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Re: Netgear GA311 (RealTek 8169 chipset) PCI network card and fc5

On 28 Sep 2006, at 18:25, Rick Stevens wrote:

On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 16:49 +0100, Greg Frith wrote:

I'm setting up a reasonably old PC with FC5 to use primarily as a test
server for web development.  A few days ago i installed FC5 and spent
2 days trying to configure a wireless network card.  Having finally
compiled the kernel with the additional drivers for the wireless card
i got it up and running and everything was fine.  The box was hidden
away in a corner (where my partner couldn't see it) and all was good.
This morning however the hard disk went in the machine, so i had to
purchase a new disk and start all over again.

So my present situation:  Not wanting to go through the pane of
setting up a wireless card again, i thought I'd save myself a great
deal of hassle and put a standard wired ethernet card in.  So i did, a
Netgear GA311 which i believe uses the Realtek 8169 chip set.  I'd
already checked online and everyone reported this card as working
hassle free under fedora.  But not for me.  On boot I see the message:

r8169 device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialisation

I get the same message if i do ifup eth0.  ifconfig -a does not list

Using the GUI tool Network Manager the device can be seen under

So the network card not working is the first problem, any thoughts
gratefully received.

In order to try and fix this i have downloaded linux drivers from the
Realtek site.  To install i need the kernel source, so i also
downloaded kernel-devel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.i686.rpm.  When i try to
install this rpm i get:

-> rpm -Uvh kernel-devel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.i686.rpm
error: cannot create %sourcedir /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES.

You must be root to do the "rpm -Uvh" (I'd recommend "rpm -ivh").  Also
note that the "kernel-devel" RPM is NOT the kernel source RPM.  It is
only the kernel headers..and is usually enough to build most 3rd party

Thank Rick,

My apologies, I have installed the kernel-devel package, i get the error when trying to install kernel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.src.rpm.  I am also doing this as root.  So,

[root wharfe]: rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.src.rpm
error: cannot create %sourcedir /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES.

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