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RealTek RTL8100B card - orange LED is always on!


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#1 nexus

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Posted 27 August 2005 - 07:37 PM

I have a computer with a M6VLR (http://www.biostar-usa.com/mbdetails.asp?model=m6vlr) motherboard that has an integrated RealTek RTL8100B network card, and I can't get my linux (ubuntu) to detect it. And now that I think about it, it didn't work even when I had windows installed...

Anyway, I've tried alot of stuff and nothing seems to work, so I was wondering if maybe the card was damadged, after all there's an orange LED beside the card's jack that's on day and night, and there's nothing connected to it (the jack, that is), it's on even when the computer's off. So I was thinking maybe someone out there could have seen something like this, I've tried finding a manual for my card with google but have had no luck.

I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me if there's anything to do before I decide to just buy a new NIC.
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Posted 27 August 2005 - 08:12 PM

RealTeks driver download page goes to this page when you search their drivers for RTL8100B. There are Specs and Linux drivers there. Maybe those drivers will work.

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 12:06 AM

What are you plugged into? Router, modem, hub, switch? Have you tried a different ethernet cable? If it's a router, hub or switch have you tried changing ports?
I had a Linksys route that had a RJ-45 port go bad. Everything else, including the other 3 ports were fine.
If Leurey's suggestion does not work try the NIC. A used on is only $5 or a new one is $15.
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Posted 28 August 2005 - 11:56 AM

RealTeks driver download page goes to this page when you search their drivers for RTL8100B. There are Specs and Linux drivers there. Maybe those drivers will work.


Yeah, I've been there, they don't seem to have a driver for my kernel version (2.6.x) so I haven't tried downloading and installing one of those... but maybe I sholuld give the latest one (for kernel 2.4.x) a try.

What are you plugged into? Router, modem, hub, switch? Have you tried a different ethernet cable? If it's a router, hub or switch have you tried changing ports?


I'm plugged to a cable modem, and it works fine (with this computer, at least) so I'm guessing it must be the network card.

And I just had an idea! maybe I should try installing a different Linux distribution before buying a new NIC, just to check if that one detects it...

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 01:43 PM

If you know someone who has a USB NIC, try it before you buy one.
Try to run Puppy Linux. It's only 60meg and will run from a CD. You should be on the Net in less than five minutes. Download, then burn an ISO image to disk. It has a GUI ethernet configuration tool under the settings tab.
Hope this helps.

Download the ninth file "puppy-1.0.4-mozilla.iso"

ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/

Edited by acklan, 28 August 2005 - 01:50 PM.

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