[mythtv-users] Ditch FC4 for Linux?

chris at cpr.homelinux.net chris at cpr.homelinux.net
Wed Nov 16 19:49:26 EST 2005

On Wed, Nov 16, 2005 at 10:13:53PM +0000, Jules Bean wrote:
> Well, it's worth pointing out, of course, that whether your card works 
> has everything to with kernel + modules and nothing specifically to do 
> with the distribution.
> What's bothering you, I imagine, is the success (or lack of) the 
> distributions have in automatically probing the card and setting it up 
> for you.

Your first point was probably more on-target.  If the installation 
kernel can't probe the hardware then that's a really good indication 
that the modules don't exist.  I have an Asus P4P800SE with an on-board 
gigabit Marvell ethernet.  It would boot knoppix and find the ethernet 
no problem, but whenever I tried to install Debian it didn't find the 
network card.  The reason was quite simple: the Debian kernel didn't 
have a Marvell module.  The solution was easy: I installed from the 
netinst CD but stopped the install at the point where it was about to 
go to the network to apt-get the rest of the distro.  I then booted 
Knoppix and copied the kernel and modules onto the hard drive.  After a 
reboot I added the new kernel to the lilo configuration, restarted 
using the new kernel and continued the installation.

Joke template: Three guys walk into a bar. One of them is a wee bit
stupid, and the whole scene unfolds with a tedious inevitability.

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