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

On Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 03:10:20PM -0400, taharka wrote:
> How do,
> On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 19:10 +0100, Greg Frith wrote:
> > Thanks for your comments Norm.  Unfortunately (for me) i think there
> > may be a lot of sense in what you say.  I did however get the wireless
> > cad working in the end, after compiling ndiswrapper and then using
> > this to load a Win32 driver.  There was i thinking that any old box
> > would be able to cope with an ethernet card.  BTW, the card is
> > identified correctly in an 'lspci', and modprobe gives no errors when
> > loading the r8169 driver.
> Also, keep in mind, the majority of RealTek nics are the nic equivalent
> of a win modem :-( Try replacing with an Intel or 3Com & see if that
> makes a difference.

All I know is that I've never had any trouble with Realtek chipset
NICs. But I must admit I've not used any of 'em with FC5, either.

I'm currently running two of them in the old Smoothwall firewall box
(8139 cards) and it had no trouble at all.

my desktop, which is running Centos 4.4 has a builtin 8169 (not a separate
card) and it also works perfectly.

So, either FC5 has some oddity in how it recognizes/enables realtek
chipsets, or the particular card you have has done something that 
breaks the otherwise easy-to-use chipset. No clue what.

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