eth0 not available

Andrew Benton b3nt at
Wed Apr 27 10:04:05 PDT 2005

Donal Farrell wrote:
> Hi there. I'm trying to configure my network card to access the college
> LAN, and out to the internet. I have set up /etc/hosts and the ipv4
> scripts with all the correct addresses for my domain, but at boot time
> it complains that the device eth0 does not exist. ifconfig gives a valid
> output, but still the device itself won't work.
In my experience if it says eth0 does not exist it means you (or I) haven't enabled 
support for the hardware (ethernet card) when compiling the kernel. Check 
/var/log/sys.log, dmesg and lspci. See

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