Re: RealTek 8139 Problems
Robert Tilley wrote:
When I installed my system with the Debian 3.0 CD, kernel 2.2.0 was installed.
I selected to install the RealTek 8139 drivers and my NIC has been
On my machine the older rtl8139.o "realtek driver" module worked just
fine with the 2.2.XX series, and the more recent 8139too.o "realtek
driver" module also worked. I normally used the older driver because I
was used to it & it worked. When the 2.4.XX kernels came out the older
driver module (rtl8139.o) didn't seem to be available and I had to
switch to the 8139too.o module. The need for this switch was not
immediately apparent, except I couldn't get my network going with the
new kernel... a sympto similar to yours.
I've attempted to install 2.4.19, 2.4.21, and 2.6.0-test2. During a
menuconfig, I specify the RealTek 8139 drivers to be installed as part of the
kernel. However, when I reboot into the fresh kernel my NIC is undetected
and I have no internet access. I must reboot into 2.2.0 if my NIC is to be
used. I've even gone so far as to install _all_ RealTek drivers and no luck.
Comments are most appreciated,
You might check which module you are trying to load in the 2.4.XX kernel
series mentioned and make sure it is the more recent 8139too.o module.
The places to check are in your /etc/modules file and in modconf.