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Author Topic: Minor hardware issues invovling RAM and Ethernet  (Read 1443 times)
flyinglama
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« on: August 13, 2009, 11:17:10 am »

Hello Vector community,
I have been using Vector on a few computers for the past ~8 months and these are the only real issues I have had so far. (full hardware profile at the bottom)
1) I know I have 6Gb of ram, but vector is only recognizing 3GB. In the past I have fixed this by using a 64bit system, is there a work around or 64bit option?
2) I have 2 Ethernet ports on my mother board, but neither of them are showing up on the network interfaces page. I am using a PCI card to connect right now, but I was wondering if there was a way to use the built in connections? I have tried the drivers on the disk that came with the motherboard but I didn't see the directory that the installer claimed to make.

thanks again for making a great operation system and any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

Hardware profile:
   mother board:
      ASUS Z8NA-D6C
   RAM:
      6GB DRR3 1333
   CPU:
      Xeon E5500 quad core 2.00GHz
   Graphics Card:
      Radeon HD 4830 Sapphire
   Hard Disk:
      Western Digital 500GB SATA
   PSU:
      Cosair 750W
   
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M0E-lnx
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 11:31:58 am »

I know for a fact that to use your 6GB of ram you need a special modification on the kernel to allow large ammounts of ram.
Because the majority of the vectorlinux user community does not have such ammounts of ram, you'll most likely have to build your own kernel to support that kind of ram.

Nice cpu btw Wink

About your network cards.
Can you show us the output of "lspci" as root in a terminal?
And whatever information you have on these chips. Manufacturers, model numbers etc.
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flyinglama
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 12:14:04 pm »

ok, as far as modifying my kernel goes is there some in particular I should look, or  will a google search work?

thanks.

the onboard Ethernet controlers are both Intel 82574LGigabit LAN.
the output for lspci, the two onboard Ethernet ports are highlighted in blue:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub to ESI Port (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 13)
00:02.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 13)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 13)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 7 (rev 13)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 8 (rev 13)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 9 (rev 13)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub PCI Express Root Port 10 (rev 13)
00:10.0 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Interconnect Physical and Link Layer Registers Port 0 (rev 13)
00:10.1 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Interconnect Routing and Protocol Layer Registers Port 0 (rev 13)
00:11.0 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Interconnect Physical and Link Layer Registers Port 1 (rev 13)
00:11.1 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Interconnect Routing and Protocol Layer Registers Port 1 (rev 13)
00:13.0 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub I/OxAPIC Interrupt Controller (rev 13)
00:14.0 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub System Management Registers (rev 13)
00:14.1 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub GPIO and Scratch Pad Registers (rev 13)
00:14.2 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub Control Status and RAS Registers (rev 13)
00:14.3 PIC: Intel Corporation QuickPath Architecture I/O Hub Throttle Registers (rev 13)
00:16.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.4 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.5 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:16.7 System peripheral: Intel Corporation DMA Engine (rev 13)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #4
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #5
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB2 EHCI Controller #2
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation ICH10 HD Audio Controller
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ICH10 PCI Express Port 1
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ICH10 PCI Express Port 5
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ICH10 PCI Express Port 6
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #1
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #2
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #3
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB UHCI Controller #6
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation ICH10 USB2 EHCI Controller #1
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 90)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH10 LPC Interface Controller
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH10 4 port SATA IDE Controller
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation ICH10 SMBus Controller
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH10 2 port SATA IDE Controller
01:01.0 VGA compatible controller: ASPEED Technology, Inc. AST2000 (rev 10)
01:04.0 Ethernet controller: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 10d3
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 10d3

08:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 944c
08:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device aa30
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 12:34:29 pm »

Yeah... I can see where the ethernet cards are not being recognized.

Looks like you got 2 reasons to rebuild your kernel.
The ethernet controlers require a patch be applied to the kernel
you can find the patch here http://groups.google.com/group/linux.debian.kernel/browse_thread/thread/251871bf826731c1

For your RAM, you will need to enable the PAE feature on your kernel. ( www.google.com/linux > "how to enable PAE")
[ Here, I'll give you a hand, http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/slackware-linux-help/145583-kernel-support-pae.html ]

Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of hope for someone to build you a kernel, since this beast would not boot on anything else except your box or others like it.
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flyinglama
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 01:06:12 pm »

ok, thanks for all the help.
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