install: kernel config: NIC ?

lee slaughter lee at
Wed Mar 24 09:48:52 PST 2004

Peter Risdon wrote:

> lee slaughter wrote:
>> I'm trying to do a methodical install (for once).  4.9 from a mini CD.
>> 1st thing, when we get to kernel config  menu, visual mode,
>> no network devices show up active.  In the inactive drivers section
>> i see a little list of only six.
>> question 1:  this is hardly a comprehensive list, is it?
>> there's no explanation in the handbook why it is so short.
> I haven't seen this documented either, but reckon these are just the 
> drivers that might need to have resources set explicitly to avoid 
> conflicts. Since that means they're all ISA cards, you can generally 
> just delete them all to remove all conflicts. But see below: 

I suppose it might be clear from inference and maybe I should have 
thought of it. But a clarifying note in the handbook would help.


> Just carry on. The drivers for PCI-only cards (like yours) don't need 
> to be listed here because resources conflicts don't occur as they used 
> to with mis-configured ISA setups. This section isn't listing _all_ 
> available drivers, just those (for ISA cards) that might have 
> conflicts and/or need arguments to match resource (irq, base address) 
> settings. 

Just something to this effect in the handbook.

again, thanks all.

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