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thehighwayman445 5th March 2009 11:29

Ethernet port
i installed RHEL4 on my lenovo 3000 G410 laptop......
when i run the command "IFCONFIG " it is not displaying my MAC ID.......:(
is it that RHEL4 did not detect the ethernet port :confused:
please some one help me......

Thanx in advance :D

falko 6th March 2009 14:33

Does ifconfig even show your network card, or only your loopback device (lo)?

thehighwayman445 7th March 2009 19:10

falko thankx a lot for ur timely reply......

i dont know what it is giving......
tis is wat i got when i gave the command...... :confused:

Link encap:Local Loopback

inet addr: Mask:

inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host


RX packets:4072 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:4072 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

RX bytes:3472062 (3.3 MiB) TX bytes:3472062 (3.3 MiB)

falko 8th March 2009 16:59

It shows your loopback device only. This probabyl means that the system did not recognize your ethernet card, probably because of a missing driver.

The easiest solution might be to use another distribution.

thehighwayman445 8th March 2009 18:33

falko.....i dont have tat chance....:(
i need to install some tool on my machine.......for which i needed rhel 3 r 4.....
if rhel4 could not detect........i guess tat rhel3 also cant do tis.....
is there any other alternative??????? :confused:

falko 9th March 2009 19:02

What about RHEL 5 or CentOS 5?

thehighwayman445 9th March 2009 19:09

tat tool is comaptible with only rhel4 n lower versions it similar to rhel???????

falko 10th March 2009 20:43

From :


CentOS is a freely-available operating system that is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This rebuild project strives to be 100% binary compatible with the upstream product and, within its mainline and updates, not to vary from that goal. Additional software archives hold later versions of such packages, along with other Free and Open Source Software RPM-based packages. CentOS stands for Community ENTerprise Operating System.

thehighwayman445 10th March 2009 20:46

hey falko thanx a lot for your valuable help......i ill try centos :D

tebokkel 19th April 2009 23:34

Otherwise, try this command (as root):
modprobe r8169

Your network card is a Realtek RTL8100CL, which should be supported with that driver.


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