Realtek 8169 PCI Gigabit Ethernet disappears in 2.6.33 deblob?
dmitry at obscurehalt.org
Wed Jun 23 21:24:28 UTC 2010
At Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:59:49 -0400,
wayne at in-giro.org wrote:
> ahoy all,
> sorry for the first message. i found the log file for the 2.6.33
> libre-kernel and saw the message about the Realtek 8169 Ethernet
> Controller being removed in this version for "missing free firmware":
> R8169 - Realtek 8169 gigabit ethernet support
> drivers/net/r8169.c: report missing Free firmware
> drivers/net/r8169.c: removed blobs
> is it possible that this device may work in the future if a free
> firmware can be developed/reverse engineered?
It seems to me like your Gentoo kernel is not deblobbed correctly, just like
gentoo-sources-2.6.34-r1 for me with deblob-2.6.34 script. Instead of removing
the Realtek's blob, it removes the whole source file. If you download the
deblobbed Linux from , you'd probably get your Realtek chip working. My
ethernet works OK with the deblobbed driver:
# lspci | grep -i realtek
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
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