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Old 27th March 2005, 11:00 PM
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FC3 unable to bring up interface eth0


I just did a new installation of FD3 on Dell Inspiron 700m broadcom.
The booting process can NOT pass through the stage of:
bringing up interface eth0.

any clue on how to proceed will be appreciated.
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Old 28th March 2005, 01:24 AM
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I had the same problem once, and I swapped out the nic to fix it.
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Old 28th March 2005, 01:30 AM
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Hi, thanks for the posting.

Can you be more specific on how to swap the nic ?

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Old 28th March 2005, 04:26 AM
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Shut your PC down, remove the cover.

Then remove your lan card (nic) then put in a different card. (3com or a Linksys, etc...)

Re-start your PC, it will ask to uninstall your old card, and install your new card.

Simple hardware change.

I hope this helps.
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Old 28th March 2005, 08:56 AM
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hi, thanks for the suggestion.

Let me summarize my experience:
I have notebook inspiron 700m
I did a clean format of previous window xp installation.
I added a 1 gig ram
Then I tried clean installation of fedora core 2 and later on fedora core 3
No matter what fedora version I used (fedora core 2 or fedora core 3 )
the installation process stopped at the step
bringing up interface eth0:

The solution I got for others are:
1. turn on or turn off the network interface card
2. turn on or turn off the router
3. remove the 1 gig ram

In my case, the solution is number 3

hope this is usefull for everyone
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Old 28th March 2005, 09:21 PM
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Remove the RAM??

I don't see how any added RAM would conflict with your eth0 NIC. It's worth I try I guess, but I think you're barking up the wrong tree.

EDIT: I see reports of probllems with that Broadcom adaptor with older kernels. Have a look at this: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-6118.html

You might try disabling the ethernet adaptor in the bios of your motherboard and seeing if you can get through the install. Then if you have access to another computer with a CD burner go to RedHat and download the rpm's for a 2.6.10.XXX kernel, upgrade the kernel, re-enable the NIC and see if Fedora finds it.
Fedora Core 3 - k2.6.10-1.770_FC3_SMP

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Old 29th March 2005, 03:47 PM
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removing the ram isnt going to help the NIC issues... basically, when i first used linux, my NIC was trying to be too fast at 100baset-fd, when my network could only do 10baset-fd, and im guessing what possibly this could be is the same issue

what ya need to do, is type the following, so go into console, and type

su -
./mii-tool --advertise=10baset-hd
./mii-tool -r
./mii-tool -v

if after the last step it says anything OTHER than 10baset-hd is being used, type

./mii-tool --force=10baset-hd

and then try a web browser or something that uses your network card, even type "ping www.google.com", this will "shout out" to google and make it shout back at you, if that works your NIC is up and runing

try this, this will Force
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Old 30th March 2005, 09:24 PM
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Hi, folks, thank you for those recommendations
I have noticed something thus, I want to share it with others

I have bought inspiron laptop 700m, recently.
First, I used fdisk to remove all partition on my harddisk
I added new RAM to my laptop
At that time, the laptop doesn't have any OS installed.
Then I did clean installation of fedora core 2 ( actually I tried fedora core 3 too )
It installed just fine, but I can't log-in, the computer just stop at "Bringing up interface eth0"

After almost 15 hours of installing and uninstalling, switching back and forth fedora core 2, fedora core 3, window XP, finally I removed my added RAM.

After removing the RAM, I can install and use either Fedora Core 2 and Fedora Core 3.
eth0 works also on those distribution.
I finally settle with Fedora Core 2 as my installation ( kernel 2.6.5 )
I noticed that my touchpad of my mouse doesn't work and my wireless card doesn't work.
Then I finally upgrade to kernel 2.6.10.fc2 using yum install kernel

After verifying both the eth0 and touchpad work, and used the laptop for couple days.
I came back to install my new RAM.
If I use my new fc2 kernel 2.6.10, the log-in process doesn't stall, and memory is detected correctly, eth0 also work.

If I use my old fc2 kernel 2.6.5, the log-in process again stall at 'bringing up interace eth0'

that is my latest status, thus I suspect the problem is with the kernel.

I am newbie by the way,

After updating, the touchpad on the mouse work.
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