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First off I'm a beginner when it comes to setting up Linux.  I just got a new machine and installed Centos 4.4 on it.  Now I'm trying to set up the internet connection.  I can't seem to figure out how to set up either a wireless or a wired connection.  

For this question I just want to get online so lets just figure out the wired connection cause it's probably easier.

For the wired connection when I try to activate eth0 in System Setting >> network  I get "3c501 device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization"  I have no idea what this means.  I'm thinking maybe I chose the wrong device when setting up eth0 (although it was the default option) or maybe I'm missing drivers or something but I have no real idea how to figure that out, any help would be appreciated.

I just did an lspci and here is the results for ethernet
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g Wireless (rev 03)

if that helps determine my problem
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It does look like you installed the wrong driver. 3c501 was probably just the first in the list, it is for a 3com card, and an old and slow one at that. Your board uses a realtek chip, (rtl 8111), so try selecting one of those when you setup your system.
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sorry about the delay in getting back to you, ya I've looked into this and found the driver I need online.  Unfortunately to run the make command on my machine to install the driver I need gcc which if I were connected to the internet would be easy to get but I'm not.  With the wireless connection I need to install ndiswrapper, however once again all the guides I've found to do this require you to be hooked up to the internet.  

So apparently I need to be on the internet to install all my devices which connects me to the internet... not an ideal setup.  Any advice on the best way to go about this??  
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Temporarily use a separate NIC which is recognized.
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Ya you're right looking into this that's probably the easiest way otherwise I'm going to run into all sorts of issues.
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