Installing second NIC Mandrake 8.2

Posted on 2002-06-12
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I just bought a second network adapter card (Linksys PCI) in order to set up a home network to share printers
and cable modem service with a Win98 box downstairs.
When I boot with the second card inserted, the bios screen shows them on two different IRQ's, but when the boot process gets to the line "bringing up eth0", the computer hangs.whether I select
"configure" or "do nothing" from the popup Kudzu menu. eth0 is the current network card, which is connected
to the cable modem.
Both cards use the tulip driver.
I have tried several solutions I saw online, but none has worked. (I won't bore you with what I tried, since everything I tried was based on other people's problems).

I really need step-by-step advice to get the other added, configured and working, including what exactly
to add to modules.conf, lilo.conf, changes to BIOS settings, etc.

At this point, I haven't yet purchased the 4-port HUB (or a "crossover" wire) to acutally set up the network, so I really just need to make sure I have the second card installed correctly.

Question by:haldrik
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Expert Comment

ID: 7075561
When you open  the mandrake control center, open the network settings.

Click on the wizard button.
Make sure the eth0 card is set to dhcp
Make sure eth1 has an assigned address.
such as
You also have to enter a subnet address..  eg.

You never mentioned the nature of the error message or what the model of the other card is.
If it was anything like :  eth1 scio not detected  not started
You may have to remove the card, reboot without it.
make sure kudzu is set to start on boot up
shut down, put the card back in
on boot up, when kudzu redetects the card, you will have to pick the correct driver, I do believe it is the tulip driver.


Expert Comment

ID: 7075572
I should also mention, the control wizards make the files for you.  If you want the card to start during bootup, make sure it is selected when running the wizard.


Author Comment

ID: 7076438
Thanks for the response! Just two quick questions before I try it:

1. Can I set this up before ever inserting the second card? (The reason is: when I plug in the second card, the computer never actually boots up: it hangs).

2. ALso: I don't really get an error message, it hangs with the message "Bringing up eth0..." and I have to reboot.  I guess I have to check some log file (/var/log/syslog????), but doesnt that get re-written every time you boot?
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Tatsnice earned 100 total points
ID: 7077322
The machine should work fine with both cards installed.
As long as the one thats not connected to the internet has an address specified.

try installing the card by itself.. as your internet card.
If it works then we know for sure the system is having trouble assigning irq when both cards are in at the same time.
If the system still hangs..  then you may have to adjust your bios settings.

Author Comment

ID: 7080016
It worked!

I took out the first card and hooked up the internet/cable modem through the new one, then I installed the original card again and it set itself up fine. Honestly, it took me a while to figure out that the new card I had inserted was being set to eth0 instead of eth1 (maybe because it was in pci slot 3 and the original was in slot 4). Even after I figured that out I couldn't get both working until I set up the new one as the cable connection and then the original as the lan connection.
Now I will order my hub, and cause myself some more problems....

Expert Comment

ID: 7081242
way to go..  you are now over the first hurdle...
I think you will be pleased with the performance of this o/s  I know I am...   Its been up for 3 weeks now straight without a hitch.

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