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[Xen-users] Re: XEN & Intel DG41RQ Motherboard - Request Help

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Subject: [Xen-users] Re: XEN & Intel DG41RQ Motherboard - Request Help
From: Sanjay Arora <sanjay.k.arora@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 01:44:22 +0530
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On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:27 AM, Sanjay Arora<sanjay.k.arora@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I made the mistake of assuming all Intel motherboards would be Linux
> compatible out of the box and bought one without checking support
> information. And now on initial install the Network is not
> working....the Network port is not detected at all.
> I have bought an Intel board DG41RQI
> (http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/DG41RQ/index.htm)
> which does not support Linux Out of Box. I am using a Core 2 Duo E7200
> 64 bit processor.
> I am installing CentOS 5.x XEN, minimal install for a XEN dom0. The
> Intel Linux Support page links to this page here
> http://forgeftp.novell.com/driver-process/pub/update/realtek/sle10sp2/common/i586/
> and lists a lot of drivers. Can someone please advise me which ones I
> need to install for my particular motherboard & processor type?
> Also, will these drivers clash with yum updatation from CentOS repos?
> Can someone please guide and if possible, comment on issues I will
> face. Intend to install minimal xen dom0 install and couple of low
> utilization servers and linux desktop. Also, would like to know if I
> can install Windows XP on same desktop under XEN.
> Install is CentOS 5.0. Will be updating after network starts working.
> Tried to install driver file
> realtek-r8169-kmp-smp-8.008.00_2.6.16.60_0.21-0.i586.rpm from the list
> using the rpm command....(yum would ask for dependencies and will need
> to update), but it seems that this file needs a lot of kernel
> modules....listing them below (but strangely rpm output does not seem
> to show version numbers required, instead shows a hash required. Have
> given an example at the end of list...
> kernel(kernel)
> kernel(drivers)
> kernel(drivers_pci)
> kernel(kernel_irq)
> kernel(init)
> kernel(net_sched)
> kernel(security)
> kernel(arch_i386_mm)
> kernel(lib)
> kernel(net_ethernet)
> kernel(mm)
> kernel(vmlinux)
> Instead of stating kernel.x.x.x is required by xxxx.xx.i586.rpm
> it states
> kernel(vmlinux) = d0dc9b0f03309730 is needed by xx.xx.i586.rpm
> Does this mean I will need a custom kernel and will not be able to use
> the normal kernel from centos repo or even dag repo?
> Also, tried to install XENSERVER FREE, it states that Hardware Assist
> support is not available on this system. Either it is not present or
> disabled in BIOS.
> BUT, checked 
> http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_2/Intel-Core%202%20Duo%20E7500%20AT80571PH0773M%20-%20AT80571PH0773ML%20%28BX80571E7500%29.html
> and it seems that the processor has Virtualization support & I have
> enabled it in BIOS.
> Does anyone know what is the problem?

Installed XenServer despite error. It did not have the Network Card
detection problem in CentOS v. 5.0

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