I have a well-tested (under Win XP MCE) onboard Realtek NIC and added a second Realtek PCI NIC to fulfill the recommended configuration of 2 NIC adapters, even though I don't have any clients yet and plan to use linuxMCE as standalone only.
I am attempting to install using the Kubuntu live-CD + 2 linuxMCE CD approach ( newbielink:http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Installation_Guide [nonactive]
I chose this method in hopes of keeping my Win XP MCE installation intact, but gave up and let Kubuntu format my drive when it's attempt to resize the data partition failed.
Under Kubuntu 7.10, both NICs are found and enabled, but nothing I have tried can get them to connect to my ADSL hub/router at 192.168.1.1.
The onboard NIC was connected to the external network during Kubuntu installation, but was nonetheless configured as eth1.
The onboard NIC doesn't even show a life sign on the hub port it's connected to, even though it's enabled in BIOS.
The PCI card NIC shows a life sign when connected to the hub, but neither card connects via ping to 192.168.1.1, nor am i able to make the setting of 192.168.1.1 as default gateway "stick".
The new PCI card appears to be based on the infamous Realtek 8168. Perhaps this is the cause of the problems.
is not very encouraging about this.
As a Linux noob, I don't feel capable of "hacking the kernel".
What alternatives do I have?
Buy yet another NIC, in the hope that it will work?
Give up the whole project and go back to Media Portal under Windoze?
The blurb on newbielink:http://linuxmce.org/ [nonactive]
LinuxMCE is a free, open source add-on to Kubuntu including a 10' UI, complete whole-house media solution with pvr + distributed media, and the most advanced smarthome solution available. It is stable, easy to use, and requires no knowledge of Linux and only basic computer skills.
led me to expect something easier!