Linux Kernel recognizes network card hardware but does not activate it during boot

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  • 23-Aug-2007
  • 30-Apr-2012


Novell ZENworks 7 Desktop Management Support Pack 1 - ZDM7 SP1 Imaging


The Linux kernel does not load drivers for many NICs for which it currently has drivers.
The newid command must be used to tell the kernel to load the drivers for the NIC.
The kernel should recognize NICs for which it has drivers without manually specifying the newid parameter


Fixed in ZENworks 7 Desktop Management Service Pack 1 Interim Release 3a, available at

Additional Information

Additional Scripts were created in building the updated kernel to help minimize the number of devices for which using the newid parameter would be required.