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Old 01-19-04, 07:55 PM   #1
IconBoy
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Lightbulb Newbie: Fedora Core 1 - can't get network card to connect for internet

I have installed Fedora Core 1 as a secondary OS with XP being primary.
I can easily connect to the internet with the built in NVIDIA nForce MCP
Networking Adapter using Windows XP.
When I start up in Fedora, it shows a FAILED message for the eth0 (IIRC)
so I am guessing something is not set up correctly.

In a newsgroup I was told toand
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Be sure and install the kernel-source-2.4.20-XXX.i386.rpm for your current kernel. Also please read the installation instructions at nVidia's site
before starting and configuration/installation.
I downloaded the NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh90up_2.4.20_9.athlon.rpm file
from the site as suggested and it seemed to install fine.
I tried uname -r to see what I have and it showed: 2.4.22-1.2115.nptl
I then restarted the system and it still shows "eth0 failed" on startup.
I then tried connecting to the net with Mozilla but can't get access.
Anyone care to say what I now need to do?
Much appreciation for any help as I am like a few days into Linux
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Old 01-20-04, 08:03 AM   #2
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Hi, I'm having quite same problem. I installed Fedora core 1 on a mobo with nForce2 IGP (integrated graphic/sound/nic/ieee1394), everything except the NIC works fine. The NIC was not recognized by Fedora.

So I downloaded the nForce chipset driver from
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.0-0261

As there where no pre-compiled files for Fedora Core 1, I downloaded this file: NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.src.rpm

I compiled it (followed instructions in help file) and installed it. No error messages. After restart, the NIC is being detected by Fedora, but Fedora can't start it. At boot sequence it says; (translated from swedish) Starting
eth0: [FAILED]

In the graphical network card configuration in Fedora there are some
fields; IRQ, IO, IO1, IO2, DMA0, DMA1. They are all empty. Should
these be configured?
I haven't filled the IP field out, because my ISP uses DHCP.

The BIOS is set for Non PnP OS. And the integrated NIC is of course
activated (it worked when WinXP was installed on that computer).

Anyone else experienced any similar problems with nForce+Linux? It's
probably easy to solve, but I really am a newbie

Thanks
Klockren
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Old 01-20-04, 11:46 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by klockren
I compiled it (followed instructions in help file) and installed it. No error messages. After restart, the NIC is being detected by Fedora, but Fedora can't start it. At boot sequence it says; (translated from swedish) Starting
eth0: [FAILED]

In the graphical network card configuration in Fedora there are some
fields; IRQ, IO, IO1, IO2, DMA0, DMA1. They are all empty. Should
these be configured?
I haven't filled the IP field out, because my ISP uses DHCP.
I wouldn't even no how to start to compile these "things" as I have only been using Linux for a few days. I am glad that I finally installed it all okay, but hope there is a way to connect to the net with it.
So...if any of the experienced Linux gurus out there could help us out, then I would be grateful!
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Old 01-21-04, 09:35 AM   #4
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First, please note this is the graphics card forum. The more correct place for the nvnet discussion is the Linux Operating Systems & Software forum.

IconBoy -
note that while you installed the rpm, ots version does not match your kernel. The kernel, kernel source and Nforce rpm must match EXACTLY. Your output from uname is 2.4.22-1.2115.nptl while the version you installed via rpm is 2.4.20-9.

Drivers must match the kernel version as they are part of the kernel. The same is true for other OS's too (BSD, MS Windows, Solaris etc).

So, do as klockren did. Download the linux_nforce_1.0-0261.src.rpm and build and install. In Fedora that would be rpmbuild --rebuild linux_nforce_1.0-0261.src.rpm. then install the rpm rpm -Uvh linux_nforce_1.0-0261.i386.rpm. Then follow the directions from Nvidia. This option will require the development tools and the kernel source that is same version as your kernel.

klockren -
I suspect the module is not being loaded. Do a /sbin/lsmod and see if nvnet is in the list. If not add alias eth0 nvnet to your /etc/modules.conf file.

There are a number of detailed discussions in Linux Operating Systems & Software forum. Search there for more info.
Suggest:
1
2
3

Hope this helps point the way.

BTW - running Fedora Core 1, Abit NF7-S Nforce2, kernels 2.6.1 & 2.4.22-1.2129.nptl and have nvnet running well.

Good luck ---
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