Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 10633
network not configured for smc-ultra
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
Using the "normal" (grafical) install method, the network is not
configured (skipped) if I use a SMC Ultra (ISA) card. When I do use a PCI
network card, the network is configured (ie. I do get the appropriate
I do suppose that this is also true for other ISA network card.
As this did work in previous Red Hat version (you were asked what network
card you have), I suppose this is a bug.
I am seeing similar behaviour for old NE2000 clone ISA cards.
This is actually not a bug. The network configuration screen is skipped if the
installer does not "see" a network card. Since the installer is not capable of
auto-probing ISA cards, it is not seeing the NIC. The workaround for the
ISA-card problem is to boot the installer with "linux isa" which will prompt the
user to identify the ISA cards which are in the system and then the installer
will configure support for them.
Since this used to work in earlier RH installers, and the change was not
documented in the RH Install Guide (that I can see), and the workaround was
also not presented there, this is surely at *minimum* a documentation bug?
I'd argue that it would probably make more sense for the installer to ask a
question, something like
"No PCI network card detected. Is an ISA network card installed?"
and do the ISA dialogue if Yes is selected.
Relying on (undocumented?) new command line parameters is surely not exactly
clear positive progress towards a more user-friendly installation process?