[WBEL-users] Re: ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe nForce2 networking

Alexandre Aufrere loopkin at nikosoft.net
Fri Mar 25 14:42:37 CST 2005

I should have answered you earlier:


you should have simply installed forcedeth rpms from there. i compile
them for any new version of kernel.

Bob Ramstad a écrit :
> I answered my own question, thought I'd post the solution to the list,
> haven't seen anyone post a solution, figured it would be good for the
> archives.
> I installed a 3Com 3C905B in the machine temporarily, and added to
> /etc/modules.conf the line
> alias eth0 3c59x
> When I rebooted kudzu picked up the new card, and I configured it for
> network access.
> I then ran yum update to get the newest kernel, and newest
> kernel-source.  I rebooted with the new kernel.
> I started to compile a new kernel -- mostly to get to the menuconfig
> step -- and inspected the setting for the forcedeth driver.  The
> default for WBEL3 kernels is to not compile the forcedeth driver,
> either included in the kernel or as a module.
> So, I ended up compiling a new kernel with forcedeth as a module and
> also with multiple SCSI luns on (I have a DAT changer on one server). 
> After compiling and rebooting with the new kernel, kudzu prompted to
> configure the nForce networking, and I was all set...  I configured
> that, dumped in as root, shut networking down, moved ifcfg-eth1 to
> ifcfg-eth0 and edited it, edited /etc/modules.conf and did a similar
> swap, shut the computer down, removed the 3Com card, and rebooted. 
> Voila!
> I chose to install the 3Com card so I didn't have to compile a custom
> kernel twice, but that might have been more efficient and less
> confusing in the end... it would have been just as straightforward to
> install kernel-source from the respin2 CD-ROM, compile a custom kernel
> with forcedeth support, get the network working, yum update, then
> compile another custom kernel once the update finished.  I thought the
> 3Com card would speed things up as I didn't have to compile the kernel
> twice.  Not sure in the end if it was really faster or not, but it did
> give me the warm fuzzies to know that if I couldn't get the forcedeth
> to work that at least I had a working network card in the system.
> Hope this helps somebody...

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