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Ok, I'm still working on the install and I'm taking it slow and everything is going pretty good. But I'm wanting to make sure that I have the correct drivers ...
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    NIC drivers


    Ok, I'm still working on the install and I'm taking it slow and everything is going pretty good.

    But I'm wanting to make sure that I have the correct drivers for my nic installed, I wasn't able to find any that would work during the kernel compile.

    How can I find out what driver the livecd is using so that I can ensure that I have connectivity once I finish the install? Or find the correct driver to install before the install is complete?

    I do know that I've got a linksys based card, been a few years since I actually looked at what the model # was.

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    Re: NIC drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by justwes
    How can I find out what driver the livecd is using so that I can ensure that I have connectivity once I finish the install? Or find the correct driver to install before the install is complete?
    You might be able to find out what module is loading by booting the LiveCD and then typing in a root console:

    Code:
    /sbin/lsmod
    This lists the kernel modules that are loaded. Look for one that relates to your network card (the names are kind of confusing I know... just use process of elimination).

    You also may be able to figure out what card you have by looking at a "System Information" program in KDE or GNOME, but you may need to use another LiveCD distro to get that... Just a thought.
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    yes, run lsmod to find the moduels that are loaded (probably quite a few) and use "lspci" to list your hardware.. find the ethernet card and compare to the lsmod output

    Code:
    lspci | grep Ethernet
    that command will give you the names of the ethernet pci devices

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    If you are going to add it to modules if you get a newer kernel don't forget to emerge module-init-tools. Many headaches can be solved by that when working with modules.

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