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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

/usr/src/linux

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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