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I've spent the better part of the day attempting to install CentOS 6.5 on an older Dell D610 laptop, using everything from a Minimal Install to the Full DVD.

After multiple attempts I was able to finally install the OS, but find both the ethernet and wifi adapter remain undetected.

Labels on this laptop are unreadable and I cannot determine what adapters are in fact installed. Is there any easy solution to resolving this problem, or am I better served re-installing another distro?

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You can check what devices your laptop has by doing

#  lspci | grep net

and do

 #  ip link

to see what interfaces you have and their status.

Check if you have files like ifcfg-eth0 under /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts if you do, make sure that the ONBOOT parameter is set to yes.


Once you have decided what you want, static or dynamic IP address, you can configure your interface(s).

Also https://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/5.1/Deployment_Guide/s1-networkscripts-files.html is a good page to visit.

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