Monday, January 3, 2011

Upgrade to FC14 and NIC troubles

While upgrading to FC14, the motherboard NIC on one of my machines completely disappeared.  Happily, I had a spare PCI NIC and that worked fine, so I was able to fix things while have network access.  Lots of things were actually wrong.  The motherboard is entitled 'DQ965', well 'DQ965CO' in its full glory.  The NIC is a '82566DM Gigabit Network Connection'.  One needs to download a driver from Intel; the one I grabbed was entitled 'e1000e-1.2.20'.  A typical 'make install' should have worked, but Fedora (I suppose correctly) took itself from i386 to i686.PAE and the kernel sources didn't come along.  So, I had to 'yum install kernel-PAE-devel' to get the correct headers.  Then 'make install' in the e1000e source directory worked.  It also took BOTH the 'acpi=off' and 'pcie_aspm=off' kernel arguments. For more discussion around this, see

All that said, I have to rebuild and reinstall after each kernel update. See bug at

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