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Configuring Hangzhou Silan on Ubuntu Linux

July 7, 2007

After a lot of searches on the net, I found 2 ways of using the fake RealTek (Hangzhou Silan) ethernet card on Ubuntu

1. Using NDISWrapper –

This is a wrapper which allows the Win XP drivers provided for the above card to work on Linux

Read more here and here.

2. Someone has written a driver for Linux and you can download it from here. The tar has a readMe file which has detailed instructions on how to configure it.

I tried both options and the network card is detected now but I when I try to set the IP, my system hangs. More updates later..


I tried  a lot to configure the ethernet card using the above options but failed to get it all done. Maybe my fake card is a third rate thing. Anyways, there is a hope that the next release of linux will have support for this card. But until then its back to Windows for me đŸ˜¦

Trouble with fake LAN card!

July 3, 2007

After installing Ubuntu (fiesty fawn), I learnt the hard truth that my LAN Card (supposedly a realtek 8139) is not compatible.

I tried doing $>lspci (which lists all PCI devices), I got this

01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics Co., Ltd. Unknown device 2031 (rev 01)

Shit! I was fooled into buying a fake of Realtek card. My LAN card came packed in a box with the name Zebronics technologies. On googling, I learnt that all Zebronics and Intex LAN cards are fakes using the cheap chinese products.

These cards work on Windows XP (after installing some drivers. It is not plug and play.) but not on Linux. , so all I can do now is buy a VIA Rhino or D-Link lan card which should just work with Ubuntu.

Future buyers, beware. I repeat, do not buy Zebronics and Intex lan cards just because they are cheap.

Here are other links from which I got to know about this

UPDATE : see this on 2 ways to configure the Silan card on Ubuntu linux