(Solved) Nvidia ethernet problem
Posted 18 January 2004 - 10:23 AM
First let me say that I've searched and searched, I've spent 2 days trying to find an answer to this. I know there's a similar thread shortly down in this forum - which is how I found this forum - but that didn't solve my problem, which is slightly different. I've now tried this first in Debian, then in Fedora. So I know the problem is not just one distro. I'll describe it mostly in Fedora since that's what I'm currently using.
The short summary (before my long explanation) is that I installed Nvidia's drivers, but still the ethernet does not work.
I have an Asus A7N8X-X motherboard which uses on-board Nvidia nforce ethernet and sound. I can't get the ethernet to work. There are 2 options: install drivers from Asus, or install drivers from Nvidia. Asus only makes Linux drivers for Redhat and Slackware; plus I've read it's better to go with Nvidia. (By the way, I've tried the Redhat install on Fedora, it's no good, just a ton of parse-type errors).
I went to Nvidia's website and downloaded their drivers for the board. (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.0-0261). I got the tar.gz from the bottom of the page, followed the instructions. I had some problems about include files, so I got the source package for my kernel (2.4.22-1.2115.nptl currently; the Debian version was something like 2.4.18-bf). After setting the appropriate pointers, and adding in a Tab before a period at the end of a make file that was giving me a "*** Missing separator" error message, the drivers installed just fine.
I added the following line to modules.conf:
alias eth0 nvnet
Then I added it also to modprobe.conf when the first didn't fix the problem, but still no success.
What happens now is that when I boot the computer, the bootup pauses for a long time when it tries to get to the network (using DHCP as is required for my cable modem), then fails and moves on. The computer recognizes eth0 but it's as if eth0 is talking to a void. It's also interesting to note that if I remove the ethernet cable before booting the computer, the network setup on bootup fails much faster and suggests that the cord is unplugged.
I don't know what else to do. When I had Debian, I also added the following to /etc/network/interfaces:
iface eth0 inet dhcp
which told Debian that I wanted to have DHCP. But Fedora seems to know that I want DHCP - it did ask me on my first bootup after installing the Nvidia drivers if it should configure the card, and I told it yes. I'm pretty sure the problem is not DHCP. I know that when I had Debian I installed dhcp-client, and I saw it sending requests and getting nothing back.
Anyway, I think that's about all I know. So I'll leave you with some files.
Output from /sbin/ifconfig:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:6E:B7:89:9E
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:9950 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:603435 (589.2 Kb) TX bytes:2052 (2.0 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x1000
Plus info about the loopback interface which I assume is not relevant. When the ethernet cable is unplugged, eth0 doesn't show up under ifconfig.
lspci -v (the ethernet part):
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
Subsystem: Asustek Computer, Inc.: Unknown device 80a7
Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at e2001000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
I/O ports at d400 [size=8]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
I would be willing to go buy a cheap network card, but I'm not sure I won't have the same exact problem I'm having now. I've gotta be missing something fairly simple. I did come across a thread that suggested disabling ACPI helped, but I tried putting "option acpi=off" in grub.conf (something like that; don't remember exactly) but it didn't fix the problem. I have seen mentions of ACPI in some log files, so if that's possibly the cause, please tell me how to disable it. I haven't been able to find how to disable it (with grub) short of recompiling the kernel.
I'll be glad to provide any more info that might be relevant, just ask. Thanks in advance for the help.
Posted 18 January 2004 - 05:11 PM
If your connection is checking out OK, my advice in such sutuations is to just run down to the computer store and buy a pci nic. I saw some Belkins and D-link nics last night at OfficeMax for $15.00. (Don't know how much more they'd be in New York..;)) Installing a pci nic *should* get you up and running provided there are no issues with your Internet connection. Hardware detection and configuration is really good in RH 9. I assume it works as well with Fedora. Good Luck.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:46 AM
Ok, so I went out and bought a cheap NIC (Netgear). Fedora recognized it and auto-configured it. And I have the exact same problem - I still can't get out to the internet. eth1 (the new card) fails on bootup just like eth0 (on-board lan) did.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 02:27 AM
If I choose "dialup" for getting the IP address (which I assume is pppoe but I'm not sure), then the activation appears to work (doesn't give me a "Failed", the window it pops up closes too quickly for me to read it) but it is still listed as inactive. If I manually configure the IP address and netmask, then when I click "activate" it's listed as active.
However, with any of these 4 ways, including the manual configuration that said the connection was active, I tried connecting to the internet through a web browser and through gaim, and I couldn't connect to anything.
Also, I should note that for a time (a few days ago) I had Debian installed on my laptop, and it used DHCP to connect. It does connect through a cable modem, but it works for the laptop (like I said, I'm constantly flipping the ethernet cable back and forth).
It might be worth noting that with the new Netgear NIC, when the cable is plugged in a light on the back blinks. Also, I tried deactivating acpid through redhat-config-services and it didn't help. And I'm sure the firewall is off.
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 07:38 AM
I just wish I'd thought of this before you bought that nic!
Posted 19 January 2004 - 07:54 AM