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I installed gentoo on an old laptop and everything seemed fine on first boot apart from my ethernet adapter which is a pcmcia card. It's a fairly generic adapter (PC line) and what I was wondering was is there a way to get linux to support it from within the new install rather than go back to the livecd?

If there isn't then what are the steps I need to do to ensure my linux install will support this ethernet card? I set up the installation via a ssh terminal on another computer so whatever was in the livecd definitely supported it.

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If you followed the handbook, you only need to go to


and run make menuconfig there. On the list, add support for the chip the card uses under device drivers and enable PCMCIA under bus options. Here a tutorial on that.

After that run

make && make modules_install and copy the kernel image over the existing kernel image and reboot.

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