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This hardware is getting shown in BIOS, but lspci dosn't show it on openSUSE 11.3. So, if I plant openSUSE 11.0 on the VirtualBox on 11.3, will that get it detected or it is compulsory for me to install the 11.0 separately?

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Have you tried that card in an different PC? Or Tried other PCI sockets? I suspect you have some hardware trouble. – Tim Jun 19 '12 at 14:36
@Tim if you see the link in OP you'll find that they haven't mentioned 8139 w.r.t 11.3. – TheIndependentAquarius Jun 20 '12 at 1:22
@Tim Now I realize that the hardware I was using wasn't RTL8139 :doh:, and it is this hardware that wasn't being recognized in the bios itself. So, perhaps Suse wasn't at fault. – TheIndependentAquarius Jun 20 '12 at 8:38
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VirtualBox/VMVare/SomeVM is useless in this case.

VirtualBoxes see only "emulated" network cards. There is no way a VM can manage a real ethernet card.

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