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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:18 pm    Post subject: NewB question about G4 gray tower network configuration Reply with quote

Hi list. I'm actually not a newbie to gentoo on alpha and x86, but new to PPC gentoo. This is really baffling me. I'm booting the Gentoo livedisk on a tower gray G4 system. I do an lspci to try to figure out what the onboard network device is called. I read through the list, and nothing sounded like a network controller. I did an ifconfig and nothing had been initialized.

What on earth is the network device for this thing, and do I need to modprobe something? I'm really used to doing an lspci and getting hit over head with the obvious, like Intel Gigabit Ethernet Network Device, etc. I haven't seen anything that looks like a slam dunk for what this thing is. I should have posted the lspci output, but now I've started a MacOS 10.4 install on a different disk. Please help.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most newer Apple computers use the SunGEM network adaptors, but I'm not sure exactly what kind of Mac you've got so I can't say for sure. If you post the output of lspci or at the very least the output of cat /proc/cpuinfo, that would be helpful.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After poking around /lib/modules, I didn't see anything with an obvious name. Then I just tried ifconfig and it magically let me ping things. I guess the support for the network device is built into the G4 kernel on the livedisk. Good to know. I was making this too hard.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the record:
lspci
Ethernet Controller: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth GMAC (Sun GEM) (rev 01)

I don't know how I missed this before.

cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu: 7400, altivec supported
clock: 400Mhz
revision: 2.8 (pvr 000c 0208)
bogomips: 794.62
machine: PowerMac3,3
motherboard: PowerMac3,3 MacRISC Power Macintosh
detected as: 65 (PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics)
pmac flags: 000000004
L2 cache: 1024K unified
memory: 512MB
pmac-generation: NewWorld
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