problems with new ethernet card and router
From: Craig Watson (watsoncm_at_btinternet.com)
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 18:57:12 +0000 (UTC)
I have recently installed SuSE Linux 9.0 Pro on my PC as a dual boot with
WinXP Home Edition. No problems with the installation; SuSE identified all
my hardware first time. Unfortunately it resolutely refused to speak to the
standard 'frog' Speedtouch USB modem, despite admitting to seeing it
connected to my machine. Requests for help to appropriate newsgroups quickly
led me to decide to ditch the frog in favour of a new ADSL Firewall Router
(a Netgear DG834) and a Netgear FA311 PCI ethernet card.
Installation of the new kit under WinXP was done and dusted in less than ten
minutes, save for a little tweaking of my proxy server settings on the
However, (you can guess what's coming), while SuSE is happy to recognise the
ethernet card as eth0 and I can ping it at IP address 192.168.0.2 quite
happily, I can't reach the router at 192.168.0.1. Ping returns a destination
One other thing. WinXP always negotiates a 100Mbps connection with the
router via the ethernet card, as indicated by the port active lamp being a
nice, green colour (I have the ethernet card connected to port 4 on the
router). When I restart my machine and boot Linux via the Grub boot handler,
the lamp on port 4 turns to amber, which, my card documentation tells me, is
a 10Mbps connection. The colour change is always evident very early in the
boot process, usually before Grub starts to echo the boot process (I have
splash=verbose as the default setting, so I can see what's happening). I am
unsure of the significance of the change in connection speed.
I have tried various combinations of settings for eth0 via YaST for default
gateway, destination, gateway, netmask, etc but I have quickly exhausted the
possibilities I can think of as a Linux noob.
PC is a P4 2.4GHz on a Chaintech mobo with 1Gb DDR RAM.
Anyone got any ideas what it is I'm doing wrong?