December 19, 2012

how do I setup a network card if linux cannot see it?

I have a new Intel motherboard , i7, with onboard NIC. It works under windows but under Linux the GUI network setup tool does not see it. Do I need to load some drivers manually or are there some files I can edit. I tried Ubuntu, Fedora, and Red Hat all with the same result. It seems to me like a new Intel mother board should have a supported NIC. How should I proceed? thanks, Ed

First thing to check is whether the machine can see the network hardware....

First thing to check is whether the machine can see the network hardware. Unless you've seen the NIC workingwith another OS there may be a probelm with the board and it may not be functional at the hardware level. (Or maybe for an onboard card it could be disabled in the BIOS.)

In a terminal window try running

lspci | grep Ether

eg.

# lspci | grep Ether
0b:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 20)
0b:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 20)

You can get more information about the NIC model to make it easier to search for support with a variation on the lspci command.

eg.

# lspci -vm -s 0b:00.0
Device: 0b:00.0
Class: Ethernet controller
Vendor: Broadcom Corporation
Device: NetXtreme II BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet
SVendor: IBM
SDevice: Device 03a9
Rev: 20

#

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From ur Q, I am taking the Linux flavor called "fedora", this time others...

From ur Q, I am taking the Linux flavor called "fedora", this time others flavor just I ignored..... It is not known which version u r using cause kernel version is very much important to detect any HW on Linux. Also some outputs r required to solve the issue. U can pass like: lspci | grep -i ether and see if there is any network card with manufacturer name is shown o not..... however, I am guessing u r using Fedora 14, which kernel is not capable to support e1000e type device. Ur alternative is Fedora 15, which probably recognize network card. If u don't have F15 then try to dnld the driver from koji development project.

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