Realtek 8169 PCI Gigabit Ethernet disappears in 2.6.33 deblob?

wayne wayne at
Thu Jun 24 18:59:31 UTC 2010

Il giorno gio, 24/06/2010 alle 01.24 +0400, Dmitry Samoyloff ha scritto:
> At Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:59:49 -0400,
> wayne at 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?
> Hello Wayne,
> 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 [1], 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)

ahoy Dmitry,

	thanks for the response.  actually, even though the device is not
working, it is showing up in lspci output.  i am not sure if this means
that drive is loaded, but some other problem is causing it not to work,
or only that the kernel recognizes the hardware.

	i guess i will have to wait for a new kernel, and thus deblob script
version, to hit the portage or overlay to try it out, or try a vanilla
kernel from linux-libre as you suggest.  i will let you know how it goes
if i can get it working.

peace, w

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