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Re: [opensuse] Realtek NIC driver problem
  • From: Dave Plater <dave.plater@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:37:33 +0200
  • Message-id: <48D8AACD.6030707@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Andrew Joakimsen wrote:
On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 4:19 PM, Bob Gifford <bob@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I just bought a HP desktop with a Realtek NIC. It came with Vista
installed, and the NIC works fine under Vista, but it will not work with
Opensuse 11.

Yast thinks the NIC is installed and configured, but Suse won't connect.
Ping commands, even to my local router, come back with "Network can't be
reached".

Vista says that this is a Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit
Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0).


The issue is the Windows driver for that card puts the card into some
state (disabled? "power save?") that the Linux driver does not bring
the card out of. It could work to when stopping vista, shut down the
computer and wait a few secs before turning it on. It could also work
to enable WOL in Windows driver, or enable the boot ROM (PXE boot) of
the LAN card in your BIOS settings.

AFAIK the bug is not resolved for 11.0 but I would assume that 11.1
does have a newer Kernel.

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=404695
I installed the 2.6.25.16-0.1 kernel from opensuse 11.0 update repository and it works as does the patched kernel-pae-2.6.25.15-0.1 that I used for some while. The problem is fixed in any kernel => than 2.6.27.rc2. The 2.6.24 kernel series actually works better than the 2.6.25 series for some reason or other. The 2.6.26 series works 99% of the time. The problem is intermittent and in my case indicated by the version of the NIC displaying as 0xFF instead of 0x02. If I saw 0x02 it worked if I had 0xFF I had to reboot again and hope to have a working connection. XP doesn't even have a driver.
Because the problem is intermittent it very often seems as if something solves
it but it is not so.
See http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11298 for more info.
Regards
Dave P

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