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Optional update for the e1000 driver


(Last modified: 16MAR2004)

solutions Optional update for the e1000 driver SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (844e71cbdd1a55aed87c4d742b20a8d5)

Applies to

Product(s): SUSE LINUX Retail Solution 8

Package: e1000-
Release: 20040316
Obsoletes: none


This driver disk adds support for newer e1000 nic.



Problem description

Newer e1000 NICs may not be supported with the driver that comes with SLES8
(Service Pack 3). This update provides the current version as a driver image
for use during installation.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

In order to install this driver you need to perform the following steps:
  1. First, download the disk image (for the URL please see below) and check its GnuPG signature with: gpg --verify e1000- The output of this command should be: gpg: Signature made Tue Mar 5 16:01:54 2002 CET using DSA key ID 9C800ACA gpg: Good signature from "SuSE Package Signing Key <>" [..] gpg: Fingerprint: 79C1 79B2 E1C8 20C1 890F 9994 A84E DAE8 9C80 0ACA Note: You need a working Linux system with GnuPG installed. For other systems please refer to on how to install and use GnuPG. You will also need the public SuSE Package Signing Key (, ID 9C800ACA), available from The fingerprint of this key is 79C1 79B2 E1C8 20C1 890F 9994 A84E DAE8 9C80 0ACA. The public SuSE Build Key is also included in the public key ring of user 'root' on a SuSE Linux System since version 7.1 and on the first CD or DVD. If the output is ok, you can decrypt the file: gpg -o /tmp/e1000- -d e1000- and afterwards uncompress the file: bunzip2 -c -d /tmp/e1000- > /tmp/e1000- This creates the file /tmp/e1000- Copy the file e1000- to a floppy disk: dd if=e1000- of=/dev/fd0 bs=8k
    • if you boot the system from CD, just make sure the driver disk is also in the drive; the installer will pick up the driver automatically
    • if you boot from floppy, just press the <ALT> key when the boot screen is shown. The installer will prompt you for the driver disk later on.

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