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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Adding Nic Card Drivers To Linux

Posted by: redhatnewbie Oct 31 2002, 01:50 PM

I have been trying to find this info from all over the net but nothing tells me what i want to know

Even manuals and online stuff doesnt have this bit of useful info

I want to use a realtek8029(as) nic with redhat linux 7.3

I have found drivers for this NIC but then what?

how do i install the drivers so that i can get my network up and running


Posted by: styker Oct 31 2002, 04:33 PM

I think that card uses the ne module, no drivers are necessary, the kernel contains all that is needed. Try running

modprobe ne

you may have to specify the io if it's an isa card like this:

modprobe ne io=0x240

Replace 0x240 with the proper io, you can just keep jumping the io to find the proper one...

like this

modprobe ne io=0x200
modprobe ne io=0x220
modprobe ne io=0x240
modprobe ne io=0x260
modprobe ne io=0x280

etc... wink.gif

Posted by: chrisw Oct 31 2002, 05:27 PM

if it is an realtek8029 it might use the tulip driver which
redhat already has.. so when you put the card in your
computer and boot up and if during bootup
it searches for new should detect it for you
and configure it for you automatically
so you dont have to install any sort of drivers for it

Posted by: Frodo Nov 1 2002, 04:27 PM

I've got the same NIC as you, and I'm looking for information on how to install it as well.

I know that it uses the ne2k-pci module. PCI's aren't supposed to need parameters...

I'm also on RH7.3, but it didn't detect the NIC during install, so I guess I need to do it manually.

Could someone post the commands to use to do this? Could you please be specific, as in, don't just say 'configure the DNS servers', say edit /etc/resolv.conf nameserver x.x.x.x ...

Thank you in advance,

Posted by: chrisw Nov 1 2002, 11:47 PM

if you have x installed...login as root...and find in the start menu area
under system tools and there is a network configurator that is really
easy to understand and use to configure the card

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