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Bug#378817: network card in a nForce chipset

On Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 02:30:34AM +0000, Philip Eve wrote:
> Package: installation-reports
> Boot method: CD (netinst)
> Image version: 19/07/06, about midnight GMT, the "stable" i386 version from 
> the Debian web site
> Date: 19/07/06, about 1-2AM GMT
> Machine: Self-built from retail components
> Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+
> Memory: 1 GB
> Partitions: One NTFS partition (it's a windows XP machine)
> Output of lspci and lspci -n: I don't know what this line means

'lspci' is short for "list all PCI devices",
it is also the computerprogram that reveals hardware information.

There are in Debian-Installer two ways to start that program.
Select in the main-menu "shell" or press 'ALT-F2'[1]
then type
  lspci -n

> Base System Installation Checklist:
> [O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
> Initial boot worked:    [O]
> Configure network HW:   [E]
> Config network:         [ ]
> Detect CD:              [O]
> Load installer modules: [ ]
> Detect hard drives:     [ ]
> Comments/Problems: My motherboard has an nForce chipset which I rely on for 
> network functionality. The installer reported being unable to detect a 
> network card, and gave a list of possible network cards. NForce did appear 
> on there, but though I selected this, it still would not work - it said 
> something along the lines of "the forcedeth module did not work. Please 
> supply extra parameters to make it work".

The "Please supply extra parameters to make it work" is a hint about
something that _can_ help. Example of where it _can_ work is,
when the driver expects the networkcard at IObase 0x300 or 0x280,
but your card has actual it's IObase at 0x310, then you supply the
parameter 'io=310'.

I doubt that supplying extra parameters to the forcedeth will help you.
"a nForce chipset" does _not_ mean that the forcedeth can be used.

Contact the retailer(s) of the compoments you are using
and ask them about Linux support.

Geert Stappers

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