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Bug#405196: Problem installing etch with debian installer and Marvell 88E8001 network hardware.

On Monday 01 January 2007 18:07, Geert-Jan Hut wrote:
> It looks like the installer someway messes up the network hardware
> during detection, after which it isn't functional anymore. A simple
> reboot doesn't solve the problem, only using software that also sets
> this network configuration makes it working again.

I suggest that you check the output of dmesg and the contents 
of /var/log/syslog (using 'nano') after switching to VT2 to see if that 
shows any reason that the driver is not working.

The modules.pcimap for 2.6.18 shows two drivers for your ethernet card: 
skge and sk98lin. This is unusual.
You can also try unload both these drivers (using 'modprobe -r') and then, 
after only loading one, check again if you can configure the network from 
the installer menu. Booting the installer with 'expert' will make this a 
bit easier. Use e.g. 'wget http://www.debian.org' to check if your 
network connection is working.

Note that if you driver requires firmware (I don't know if it does or not) 
it may not be supported during the installation, and may also explain why 
Ubuntu does work as they have a different policy in that regard.

You could check which kernel version Ubuntu is using and which module is 
loaded during the Ubuntu installation for reference.


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