my NIC (eth0) does not show up with ifconfig and I can not connect to my adsl account ( I could before).
What I am confused about is were to load the nic modules. I have modprobed the proper module into the kernel (8139too.ko for the Realtek 8139 ethernet controller). Now I don't have the nic module loading in modeprobe.conf or rc.conf (I'm not sure about the latter file). I also noticed at boot it says my network has failed.
I'm confused because I thought once the module is loaded into the kernel, eth0 would work. Could someone straighten me out on these issues and explain to me the proper way of making hardware work in linux (a good url / reference would be great).
Thanks for your help
Once the module is loaded, the NIC needs to be configured. The NIC is normally configured at boot time but in your case the module is not loaded so it can't and so fails. If you load the module manually later you can configure networking manually with:
I would guess that most people put an alias in /etc/modules.conf:
alias eth0 8139too
or you can add the module to the line in /etc/rc.conf