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January 12, 2005

AMD64 Gentoo Linux on Biostar K8 Motherboard

If you're attempting to put AMD64 Gentoo Linux on a machine with a Biostar K8 motherboard, the onboard ethernet isn't recognized when you boot from the LiveCD (I think I'm using the minimal one).

A look at the specs reveals the onboard LAN is a VIA VT6103. I dug around the drivers list and found two VIA options, the first one did the trick:

modprobe via-rhine
I love it when things just work, but if they don't just work I love it if the first think you try makes it work.

Oh . . . and if your disk drives aren't showing up becuase you are using an Adaptec SCSI PCI card (no drives on motherboard):

modprobe aic7xxx

Posted by mike at January 12, 2005 8:40 PM