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Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI

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It has been more then 3 years since the kernel driver is not working for Realtek chip.


During the Mandriva installation on 64bit system I've spent a couple of days trying to find out, where the problem comes from.


As for now I know it for sure the problem was r8169.ko driver for those cards which is not working for unknown reason.


For all who has same card you have to do following steps to turn your network on.


1. Download the last driver from Realtek web site.

2. Install either the kernel sources or just a devel version.

3. Build a driver module according to the instruction given in README file for driver

4. Remove or blacklist the old driver.

5. Don't forget to build the new initrd file with mkinird the_name_in_your_/boot_folder kernel_version

5.1. Before that remove or copy somewhere else the old initrd file.


Without the last step the new driver won't work!



P.S. Actually I'm wondering how long one has to do all these things instead of using the proper driver supplied with a kernel...


So far I know it's open source...



[moved from Networking by spinynorman]

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