The Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit) menu is organized somewhat haphazardly.
If you haven' t compiled a driver into the kernel, you must tell Linux about the driver in some other way. One way is to manually load the driver using the insmod or modprobe commands. For instance, use modprobe ne to load the ne (NE2000) driver. Chances are you don't want to do this manually every time you start your computer, though. In this case, you can add a line or two to your /etc/conf.modules or /etc/modules.conf file to tell Linux about your hardware. For instance alias eth0 ne options ne io=0x240
These lines tell Linux to use the ne driver for eth0, and to look for the card at I/O port 0x240. The second line might be required for some ISA cards, but shouldn't be necessary for most PCI NICs. If you have more than one Ethernet card, you can add a similar line or lines for each card. After you've added these lines, Linux should automatically detect and load your kernel modules when it boots.
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