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    Default Ethernet controller not connected - why?

    I have just re-installed OS 11 on a newly formatted hard disk. There is no LAN or Internet connectivity on a hardware configuration which has provided these under both Windows and a previous installtion of OS 11.

    The system tells me that my ethernet controlller is not connected and that no network exists. I am requested to configure the card, but no matter what I do I end up with the same status: "unable to configure network card because kernel device (eth0 or wlan0) is not present. See dmesg report details"

    This did not happen the first time I installed OS11 - it worked as expected, right out of the box on my Dell system with on-board 10/100 ethernet connection.

    What other things should I be doing?

    When I try to configure the card I am asked what domain name should be used. My computer is on a peer-ro-peer home LAN - there is no domain controller. How should I set the domain name?

    I am asked to set the hostname - but I don't know what this is (in concept and in detail).

    My computer is conected to a cable modem via a router running NAT and providing DHCP to computers on my LAN.
    They said I wasn't fit to live with a pig; my brother stood up for me and said I was.

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    Default Re: Ethernet controller not connected - why?

    Jeez - I know what you mean. This product is not ready for the general public yet. I have the same problem except my NIC displays "no hwinfo" while my wireless displays "not connected"

    Help, also cannot fully compile KDE Network....

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    Default Re: Ethernet controller not connected - why?

    So did you look at the boot messages using dmesg as suggested?

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    Default Re: Ethernet controller not connected - why?

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    So did you look at the boot messages using dmesg as suggested?
    No, simply because I could not find this report. I don't know its file name or file type, so I couldn't search for it. Where is it filed? And how could I have discovered that information (then I'll know how to look at it next time)?

    Will this report tell me what domain name and hostname I should be using?

    Why didn't OS11 ask for this information the first time I installed?
    Last edited by XEyedBear; 20-Jul-2008 at 02:40. Reason: insufficient response
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    Default Re: Ethernet controller not connected - why?

    Just run

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    dmesg
    and it will display all the kernel messages since the current boot. To save them to a file

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    dmesg > messages.txt
    Then look with a text editor for lines pertaining to your ethernet controller to see why it wasn't detected this time around.

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    Ah! Thanks - I was looking for a filed report! Thanks for the guidance.

    I'm embarrassed to say that this morning I made my previous thread reply from Windows/IE7, then powered on this Linux system for the first time today to follow your guidance.

    Result: Internet and Home LAN connectivity is available from power-on!

    I went through a number of reset and power-off cycles yesterday trying to achieve this result. Now this sort of nehaviour is most disconcerting to a naive user: yesterday it wouldn't work. I leave it overnight; I make no changes; today it works.

    I can't find the lessons to learn. I have no more information (aside from now knowing how to access dmesg output) than I did before. So, if it breaks again, will I have to come back to the forum and ask again, instaed of being able to solve it for myself?

    (Perhaps dmesg output will be all that I require....)
    They said I wasn't fit to live with a pig; my brother stood up for me and said I was.

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    eflinc NNTP User

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    Sorry to crash you guys earlier, but after some serious thinking i managed to get all connections working and managed to install KDE network tool.
    I am a Windows advanced user MSCE,MCSA,MCSE plus I and E, and i am new this weekend to Suse11.
    Still i would say this software is for advanced users not the gen pub, but i am glad i managed to sort all issues out. Only issue left is to VNC externally to my Suse box, but i am off for a nice walk first!!

    Will start a new thread about the VNC thing. Thanks guys!!

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