In my YaST Network Settings (11.3), I see an entry labelled “Unknown Network Device”
Can anyone offer a few steps to help me identify what this is, and how to remove the confusion?
The Overview tab also correctly lists my three known network devices (listed below), as does the Hardware Information utility.
This is the output of lspci, and as far as I can tell, is accurate and complete. So what has YaST seen that it can’t identify?
Could it be, you have an onboard network card, plus a PCI networkcard?
02:02 is your wireless card
02:08 is a wired ethernet card
02:0e to me looks like a wired ethernet card as well
Since the first 2 are supported, my guess is that the last one is not supported by the kernel. Thus appears as ‘Unknown Network Device’.
Yes, I do have an onboard (ie not removable) but it is still a PCI device - the 02:08.
The 02:02 (Intel 2200BG) and 02:0e (Prism isl3890) are wireless plug-in PCI cards.
These three are correctly listed in the YaST Network Settings Overview tab. But there is this fourth “Unknown Network Device” that is puzzling me?
No, it’s not a clean install. I has been running for … Oh months.
My suspicion is that it is related to the Intersil/Prism wireless card?
I note that when the firmware is loaded, the device asks for isl3886pci AND a isl3886.
The isl3886pci is in place (/lib/firmware - version 188.8.131.52) but the isl3886 is not?
Which, as far as I can tell has not caused me any problems. Is it likely that two firmware packages need to be installed?
But this is just picking ideas out of the air. Can’t we drill back from the gui and see what it is seeing?
Why does this device seek/require two drivers? Are they alternatives? If only one is needed (and it seems to work - as far as I can tell), can I “blacklist” the other to stop the messages appearing in the Network GUIs?