Install on Sager np4750, Problems with Realtek r8169 ethernet driver
I have a new Sager np4750 laptop that has a Realtek gigabit ethernet
card that uses the r8169 driver in the kernel. On doing the amd64
install, Debian identified the card without problem. I can load the
module and bring up the eth0 network interface. However, I can't pass
any traffic, either by DNS or by IP address (I can't even ping my
gateway). I get an error message "Netdev Watchdog: eth0: transmit
timed out". I have tried building a new stock kernel (2.6.14) but the
result wasn't any different.
I then tried building the driver as downloaded from Realtek's website,
but it failed to build. I don't know if that problem pertains to the
driver's code, or simply with trying to build it for amd64 (sorry, this
is my first amd64 CPU -- so I'm new to 64 bit computing).
Has anybody else had a similar problem with the r8169? Should I first
try to install the 32 bit version of Debian to verify that it will work
in that version? I guess I just don't know if this is just an r8169
driver problem, or a problem with it in the Debian amd64 port, or
I have found some other linux users (Mandrake and Gentoo users) on the
web using this driver in the 64bit versions of their distro, without
Can anybody help?