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Hello, I'm new to Unix and I need some advice for setting up Debian GNU/Linux 3 (woody). I would be very pleased if someone could help me. I just read on [url]http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/i386/ch-install-methods.html#s-kernel-[/url] choice that the standard kernel package "vanilla" does not support Via Rhine Ethernet devices in contrast to the flavor "compact" which supports Via Rhine. I am using a Via Rhine Ethernet device in my computer, so do I have to choose "compact" instead of "vanilla"? Or is there a way to install Via Rhine Ethernet devices on a "vanilla" kernel? Which would you suggest? I'm looking forward to ...

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    Default VIA Rhine Ethernet Adapter and Debian GNU/Linux

    Hello,

    I'm new to Unix and I need some advice for setting up Debian GNU/Linux 3
    (woody). I would be very pleased if someone could help me. I just read on

    [url]http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/i386/ch-install-methods.html#s-kernel-[/url]
    choice

    that the standard kernel package "vanilla" does not support Via Rhine
    Ethernet devices in contrast to the flavor "compact" which supports Via
    Rhine. I am using a Via Rhine Ethernet device in my computer, so do I have
    to choose "compact" instead of "vanilla"? Or is there a way to install Via
    Rhine Ethernet devices on a "vanilla" kernel? Which would you suggest?

    I'm looking forward to your replys.

    Thanks a lot,
    Robert
    Robert Bamler Guest

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    Default Re: VIA Rhine Ethernet Adapter and Debian GNU/Linux

    Hi,
    > I'm new to Unix and I need some advice for setting up Debian GNU/Linux 3
    > (woody). I would be very pleased if someone could help me. I just read on
    > [url]http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/i386/ch-install-methods.html#s-kernel-[/url]
    > choice
    > that the standard kernel package "vanilla" does not support Via Rhine
    > Ethernet devices in contrast to the flavor "compact" which supports Via
    > Rhine. I am using a Via Rhine Ethernet device in my computer, so do I have
    > to choose "compact" instead of "vanilla"? Or is there a way to install Via
    > Rhine Ethernet devices on a "vanilla" kernel? Which would you suggest?
    Hmm. In the long run I'd suggest first to install a somewhat working
    kernel, use that to download a kernel source (probably the newer 2.4.20
    or 2.4.21) and build your own kernel.

    Otherwise, I'm up to guessing which kernel module this might be.

    So long,
    Thomas
    Thomas Richter Guest

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    Default Re: VIA Rhine Ethernet Adapter and Debian GNU/Linux

    Hello Andreas Janssen,

    thank you for your reply.
    > The vanilla kernel does support Via Rhine chipsets, but the driver is
    > compiled as a module (via-rhine.o), and that module has to be loaded to
    > make it work. If you install from CD, you can for example load the
    > driver module during installation.
    That sounds good. I think I'll choose "vanilla" and load the driver module
    as described in

    [url]http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch-install-system.html#s-[/url]
    configure-modules

    Thanks,
    Robert
    Robert Bamler Guest

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