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iv just installed Redhat Linux 9 from 3 iso images from

1) I cannot configure/detect my ethernet port on my nforce2 motherboard (GA-7N400Pro) although everything else has been detected (firewire, usb, onboard sound). i need to configure this port as it is the only way i can access the internet (i have a broadband connection. the modem is a Motorola SB4200. it supports usb but i dont have any vacant USB ports.

2) i cannot selesct my grapics card ATI Radeon 9800pro. its not on the list!. the closest is 9700pro but when i select this the Linux Kernal fails to load

I am a newbie to RedHat and Linux.
you need to load the kernel driver for the network card from here:

If your kernel is 2.4.20_6.athlon or 2.4.20_9.athlon then yuo can use the rpm, otherwise download the file NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.tar.gz and follow the instrutions here:

A section that you need to pay particular attentin to is the GART Patch Installation. There is an agp port kernel patch that is required to get the agp chipset to function properly.

What you will need to do is recompile your kernel....

If you are going to update your redhat to the latest version kernel, here is the order I would use ...

Pick VESA as your video driver on install, install the network card (rpm or tar file install from the directions and links above).

(since you already have an install, edit you /etc/X11/XF86Config (or XF86Config-4) file and change the video driver to vesa ... now x should start (only at 60Hz...yuck!).

get up2date working (you can register using the applet) ...

then upgrade to the latest redhat kernel .... and install kernel-source for that kernel

Once you have the latest kernel and kernel-source installed, then as root download the NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.tar.gz (this is the current file ... a newer version may be there later)

save the file to the /usr/src directory then:

cd /usr/src

untar the file using the following command:

tar -xvzf NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.tar.gz

(below xxxx means the version of your kernel)

cd /usr/src/linux-xxxx

make mrproper

cp /boot/config-xxxx /usr/src/linux-xxxx/.config

make oldconfig

cp /usr/src/nforce/nvgart/linux-2.4.20-agpgart.diff .

patch -p1 < linux-2.4.20-agpgart.diff

make menuconfig

select your actual processor in the processor family section ...

Then go to the Character devices section, select /dev/agpgart (AGP Support) as an included or Modularized kernel feature.

Save the select exit on menuconfig and save the kernel modifications when it asks

make dep

make bzImage

make modules

make modules_install

cp arch/i386/boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz-xxxx-nforce

Now edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and copy your current boot kernel section and paste it at the bottom of the file .... it will look something like this:

title Red Hat Linux (xxxx)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-xxxx ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-xxxx.img

change it to this

title xxxx Nforce
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-xxxx-nforce ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /initrd-xxxx.img

(you will, of course, substitute your kernel version number for xxxx)

whew!!!!!! Reboot and pick your new kernel!

After getting the new kernel to load, I would change the /boot/grub/menu.lst so that the new kernel is the default boot kernel:

change the line default=0 to default=1

Now you need to reinstall the other nforce2 drivers for your new kernel (the one you just boot from)


cd /usr/src/nforce


make install

Now you are ready to install the driver for your radeon 9800 pro:

HERE is a good thread to read about the install.

You can get a driver download for xfree-4.3.0 and glibc 2.3 from HERE

After you download it, it is an rpm ... so the install will be:

rpm -Uvh filename

then this PAGE tell you how to setup X...
woah take it easy!! ohmy.gif i just installed redhat 9 yesterday (switched from win xp).

i dont know wot ver my kernel is? need to find out how to check version.

i installed the following files from


i can now detect my network card but i still cannot get on the net! (i heard that u need to connect the modem via crossover cable ie not having any direct connections, is this true?)

iv followed you up two where u began

"save the file to the /usr/src directory then:" i lost you after that sorry
Should need only a regular network cable to connect to your cable/dsl modem .... a crossover cable would be for connecting 2 PC's together directly (or two network hubs together).

For connecting a PC to a hub or cable/dsl modem a straight through (regular) cable is used.
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