10 August 2007

Hardware esoterica

It seems that standard-looking PCI cards won’t always work. The RTL-8139-D-based Ethernet card in this machine worked fine during the installation but sort-of doesn’t exist now. An lspci shows it, but no modules will talk to it.

There is an obscure little kernel option which made it all spring back into life: pci=assign-busses

This is probably related to the cranky old Acer hardware again, but it did get the cruddy old RealTek chipset to perform once more.

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