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Old 7th October 2007, 02:16
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Hi All, been awhile!

I finally broke down and bought my first laptop...

Came with MS Vista Home Premium... I installed suse10.2 x86 64 as a dual boot sys and no problems there.

suse however cannot seem to start the Realtec RTL8101 etho card (see's it and I can configure it but that is as far as I get) or even identify the Atheros AR 5007EG wireless card. Vista has some issues shutting down the LAN cards when shutdown and so I disabled "wake on LAN" function and still no progress. I downloaded the drivers for the RTL8101 from Realtec and can't seem to install them the following is a summary of the install attempt.

Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong, or missing?

Code:
linux-mobile:/tmp # tar vjxf r8168-8.003.00.tar.bz2
r8168-8.003.00/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/entries
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/format
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/props/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/prop-base/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/tmp/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/tmp/props/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/tmp/prop-base/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/tmp/text-base/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/all-wcprops
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/text-base/
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/text-base/Makefile.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/text-base/release_note.txt.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/.svn/text-base/README.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/readme
r8168-8.003.00/src/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/entries
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/format
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/props/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/prop-base/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/tmp/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/tmp/props/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/tmp/prop-base/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/tmp/text-base/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/all-wcprops
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/r8168_n.c.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/Makefile.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/r8168.h.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/rtl_ioctl.h.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/src/.svn/text-base/rtl_ioctl.c.svn-base
r8168-8.003.00/src/rtl_ioctl.c
r8168-8.003.00/src/r8168_n.c
r8168-8.003.00/src/r8168.h
r8168-8.003.00/src/Makefile
r8168-8.003.00/src/rtl_ioctl.h
r8168-8.003.00/Makefile
r8168-8.003.00/release_note.txt

linux-mobile:/tmp # cd /tmp/r8168-8.003.00

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # make clean modules
make -C src/ clean
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
rm -rf *.o *.ko *~ core* .dep* .*.d .*.cmd *.mod.c *.a *.s .*.flags .tmp_versions Module.symvers
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
make -C src/ modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/build SUBDIRS=/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src modules
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.18.2-34-obj/x86_64/default'
make[2]: *** No rule to make target `modules'.  Stop.
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.18.2-34-obj/x86_64/default'
make[1]: *** [modules] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
make: *** [modules] Error 2

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # make install
make -C src/ install
make[1]: Entering directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
install -m 644 -c r8168.ko /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/drivers/net/
install: cannot stat `r8168.ko': No such file or directory
make[1]: *** [install] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/r8168-8.003.00/src'
make: *** [install] Error 2

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # depmod -a

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # insmod ./src/r8168.ko
insmod: can't read './src/r8168.ko': No such file or directory

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # lsmod|grep r8168

linux-mobile:/tmp/r8168-8.003.00 # ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1B:38:13:AE:19
          inet addr:192.168.2.6  Bcast:192.168.2.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:50 Base address:0x2000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:5216 (5.0 Kb)  TX bytes:5216 (5.0 Kb)

sit0      Link encap:IPv6-in-IPv4
          NOARP  MTU:1480  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
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Old 7th October 2007, 20:35
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Did you follow the installation instructions that came with the driver?

You might want to consider installing OpenSUSE 10.3 which has just been released (if you want to go with SUSE). Should have better hardware support.
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Old 7th October 2007, 23:47
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I followed the install doc. That is why I was thinking it may be a problem with my suse install, missing or services not activated, etc. I will try the 10.3 version... I am running a server (and desktop) using 10.2 that I would like to eventually log into remotely.

Is there another issue that is compatible with suse [B]and[B] will install grub for the dual boot with MS Vista?
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Old 8th October 2007, 02:47
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You might want to consider installing OpenSUSE 10.3 which has just been released (if you want to go with SUSE). Should have better hardware support.
:-) 10.3 finally let me configure the LAN card and it actually worked! Not with Knetmanager though, had to use traditional.

Now if I can get the wireless working. :-0
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Old 8th October 2007, 13:55
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By the way... even though MS and Suse are on the same hard drive don't I need to use Samba to exchange files between the two? Any HowTos on setting it up?
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By the way... even though MS and Suse are on the same hard drive don't I need to use Samba to exchange files between the two? Any HowTos on setting it up?
Samba works only if both SUSE and windows are running at the same time (which they don't do in your case because it's a dual-boot system).
But you can read from and write to your Windows partition from SUSE. SUSE comes with ntfs-3g support enabled by default.
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Old 8th October 2007, 20:32
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git it... I should have remembered as much but I am seriously engrossed in getting my wireless working.

Trying to install madwifi or ndiswrapper but seem to be missing something. First after running make it replied kernel version could not be found. I traced that to gcc which I installed now it returns...
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linux-mobile:/tmp/madwifi-0.9.3.2 # make
Makefile.inc:91: *** KERNELCONF: /lib/modules/2.6.22.5-31-default/build/.config does not exist..  Stop.
Anyone know what I am missing?
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Old 9th October 2007, 06:19
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would you mind tellng me the brand, and any other particulars concerning your laptop. i am interested in installing suse10.2 on a suitable laptop.
thanks in advance for any help you may offer.
sincerely, herbert6
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would you mind tellng me the brand, and any other particulars concerning your laptop. i am interested in installing suse10.2 on a suitable laptop.
thanks in advance for any help you may offer.
sincerely, herbert6
Sure... It is a Toshiba A215/S4757, AMD 64 x2 TL-56. Specific specs can be found at Toshiba's site. The one issue I see is that the wireless card (Atheros AR5007EG) that comes with it is not yet supported by Linux. An announcement came out yesterday that the work had been done and would be roled out in madwifi... but when is the question. I was also having a LAN card issue but Suse 10.3 took care of that.

Most anything you buy now comes with Vista and there is a function in Vista that completely powers down the NIC cards when you shut down. It is called "wake on LAN" and can be disabled. It needs to so that suse can use the NICs also.
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Hello Latcarf,

I've got exactly the same rerror message than you have.
You mentioned that were missing "development" tools.
Could you please explain me what is the exact name of the package to install.
I'm with opensuse 10.3 as well.
My laptop is a ACER 5520EG

Thanks a lot in advance
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