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Re: Non functioning D-Link Ethernet adapter card

John Foster wrote:
> I installed a D-Link DGE-530T 10/100/1000 Gigabit Desktop PCI
> Adapterethernet card. Based on the RTL8169xx chip. The thing is not
> recognized by any flavor of linux. Mint, Ubuntu, or Debian
> (squeeze).

What does 'lspci' say?  (Thinking it might not be a RTL8169 after all.)

  lspci | grep Ethernet

What does the kernel's dmesg say about firmware?

  dmesg | grep firmware

For example my 3945 says something like this:

  ... iwl3945 ... firmware: requesting iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode

Knowing exactly what the kernel is looking for may lead directly to
the right firmware.

> Worked in Windows 7pro after installing the drivers from
> the setup disc.

Yes, yes.  But that is with probably closed source drivers.  Which
isn't very helpful.

> As these chips have been around at least since 2003 I was very
> surprised to find no mods precompiled in any distro.

That is why I suspect that it is actually a different chipset.

> Any suggestions? Not stranded as I have a working old 3com horse in
> there also. Just the new one is supposed to be twice as fast.

Hopefully the lspci and dmesg output will show more detail.

You say you also have a 3com card in the machine?  Are you changing
network cards?  Are you aware that the ordering of the cards are
cached in the /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules file?  You may
need to edit (or remove) that file in order to change the device name
for it.  Often people add change cards but do not know that the udev
file has frozen their previous configuration and needs to be
modified.  It has been a long running source of confusion.


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