Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 119502
Installer does not enable Realtek 8139 chipset ethernet card
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:43:41 EDT
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Description of problem:
Ugraded from RH 9.0 on an AMD Athlon. Card in question worked in RH
9.0. 'lspci' showed the card. The card was not dispalyed in the
network config GUI's "hardware" tab. The card DID show up under
"Network devices" in the Hardware Browser.
Problem fixed by adding to modules.conf and modprobe.conf:
alias eth0 8139too
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 2 Test 2
Steps to Reproduce:
Install, boot computer.
Linksys PCI wireless network adapter (Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset) that
never worked under RH 9.0 was detected, intalled, enabled and worked
without any intervention.
The problem with the Realtek 8139 chipset card was fixable, but should
be enabled by the installer as it was in RH 9.0.
What's the output of 'kudzu -p -b pci'?
Created attachment 98987 [details]
output from 'kudzu -p -b pci'
Attached is the output from the requested command.
Note: This command was run AFTER I added the 'alias eth0 8139too' line to
I am pretty sure that this command would have shown the card prior to the
modification of modules.conf since 'lspci' showed that the card was present and
recognized by the OS.
One more note because I though you might ask:
This shows the modules that were loaded after modifying modules.conf
# lsmod | grep 8139
8139too 22016 0
mii 3712 1 8139too
crc32 3968 1 8139too
Although 8139too.o was present on the system, it did not load until I
added a line to modules.conf.
These loaded automatically after installation/upgrade (wireless):
# lsmod | grep orinoco
orinoco_pci 5644 0
orinoco 44684 1 orinoco_pci
hermes 6656 2 orinoco_pci,orinoco
The installation process added a line to modules.conf to automatically
load the orinoco_pci module drivers (even though I had never setup
this card under RH 9).
I am relatively confident that the Realtek card was detected properly
by the system - it showed up in lspci and in the network config GUI's
Hardware Browser under "Network devices." It seems that the failure
lies in the fact that the 8139too module failed to load automatically
after installation. Perhaps the installer was supposed to add a line
to modules.conf for this device?
Woops - I didn't mean "network config GUI's Hardware Browser."
I just meant "Hardware Browser" - the one that's on the "System Tools"
menu in KDE.
Please try the test rpms at:
Closing this bug. This should be fixed in FC4, if not earlier.