eth0 device down

Bas Roufs basroufs at
Thu Jan 15 19:58:06 UTC 2009

Dear Eberhard and everybody else

> > But the active connection still is not available.
> This is quite unusual, especially for such an old machine. As it obviously
> does not, we better begin with more basic things:

> 1. Before doing anything else, look within your Bios, likely in
> "peripherals" (or similar) setup, whether you can (de)activate your
> network card. If so, you need to have it enabled. ;-)). ....

I have done so - however, eth0 is still 'unmanaged'.

> 2. After enabling the Network Card (possibly), please run "sudo lspci"
> from a command-line.

This is the result (transferred via an USB stick):

bas at Viaconsensus2:~$ sudo lspci
(Enter; no password check because of previous sudo commands in the same session)
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS645DX Host &
Memory & AGP Controller
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Virtual
PCI-to-PCI bridge (AGP)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS962 [MuTIOL
Media IO] (rev 04)
00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]
00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1
Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1
Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1
Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:06.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 536EP Data Fax Modem
00:08.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller
00:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Agere Systems FW323 (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4
440 Go 64M] (rev a3)
bas at Viaconsensus2:~$

So, the "ethernet controller" and several other hardware basics in my
laptop are being recognised by Linux.

Thx. for your assistance.

Bas G. Roufs M.A.
Van 't Hoffstraat 1
NL-3514 VT  Utrecht
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