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Author Topic: Realtek Driver Issue? (Workaround)  (Read 1153 times)
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« on: April 18, 2012, 05:28:36 am »

The mother board on my VL7 machine died, and I replaced it with an ASUS P5G41T-M. To test, I rebooted the new board into Fedora 16, and everything just ran perfectly.

So I booted into VL7, and found that I had no internet connectivity. I ran super VASM, reinitialized everything several times, but still had no connectivity. I am assuming that this has something to do with the ethernet chip driver, since the chip set changed, but not the install on the HD. How Fedora figured this out without further ado I have no clue.

Output via thumb drive is as follows:

root:# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset DRAM Controller (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)

root:# ifconfig -a
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 54:04:A6:93:B0:15  
          BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:42 Base address:0xa000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:168 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:168 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:14344 (14.0 Kb)  TX bytes:14344 (14.0 Kb)

root:# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
i915                  296914  2
drm_kms_helper         18228  1 i915
drm                   128651  3 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit            3718  1 i915
i2c_core               13898  4 i915,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit
video                   9731  1 i915
fuse                   51559  3
snd_seq_dummy           1035  0
snd_seq_oss            21907  0
snd_seq_midi_event      3924  1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq                36499  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device          3853  3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss            28741  0
snd_mixer_oss          10545  2 snd_pcm_oss
speedstep_lib           2558  0
freq_table              1763  0
mperf                    937  0
snd_hda_codec_realtek   201951  1
snd_hda_intel          16321  3
snd_hda_codec          51458  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
intel_agp               8014  1 i915
intel_gtt               9727  3 i915,intel_agp
snd_hwdep               4128  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm                48666  3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
agpgart                19211  3 drm,intel_agp,intel_gtt
ppdev                   4251  0
r8169                  31046  0
rtc_cmos                6673  0
processor              21842  0
snd_timer              12858  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
parport_pc             16387  0
mii                     2883  1 r8169
snd                    36298  15 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_timer
thermal_sys             9985  2 video,processor
parport                21892  2 ppdev,parport_pc
sg                     18020  0
soundcore               3736  2 snd
asus_atk0110            7446  0
serio_raw               3010  0
evdev                   6626  4
button                  3510  1 i915
snd_page_alloc          5143  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
hwmon                   1093  2 thermal_sys,asus_atk0110

I notice that the ethernet chip listed in lspci is a Realtek RTL8111/8168B, while that shown in lsmod is a Realtek r8169. I'm reasonably comfortable with the command line, but do not know how to install the correct driver or where to get it. Or is there another issue?

I'm grateful for any suggestions, and thanks in advance.

« Last Edit: April 21, 2012, 11:21:43 am by wmichaelb » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 06:03:02 am »

Have you try to use VASM to configure your network?
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 09:43:10 am »

r8169 will work for that card, not great performance.

The other thing maybe that eth1 used to be eth0 on the old motherboard
hence no internet connection.

The module you are looking for is r8169

You can get the module from

After you download look at the README on installation instructions.


Posts: 13

« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012, 05:36:54 pm »

I did try VASM first, but that made no difference.

I will check into the eth0/eth1 potential conflict. If that doesn't work, then I'll try the download.
Thanks for the link!
Posts: 13

« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 11:23:49 am »

As a follow up, since there was no data at risk, I took the Gordian Knot approach and simply reinstalled VL7. Works fine now, and the new mother board is faster to boot (no pun intended).  Roll Eyes

Thanks to all for your help!
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