NIC / network won't load: Compaq Netelligent 10/100 Embedded NIC, Eth0

NIC / network won't load: Compaq Netelligent 10/100 Embedded NIC, Eth0

Post by Scott Rocksta » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

Macmillan Linux-Mandrake Deluxe Linux 6.5
Compaq Deskpro 6000 266/MMX 288MB SDRAM
Compaq Netelligent 10/100 embedded NIC

Setup recognized the NIC, but when I boot Linux the network fails to initialize.  Side note: currently I'm not able to boot from SCSI disk, only floppy.  Anyway, what do I need to do to get my net connection up?  I'm using KDE and the Linuxconfig utility, but when I activate the changes I've made, the network still won't initialize.

The changes I made are: setting my default gateway, setting my DNS server addresses, setting up for DHCP, setting module type for NIC to "tlan" (which is what the documentation tells me to use).

What do I need to do to get my network connection up?  I'm obviously a Linux newbie, so please forgive my ignorance.  Thanks for any help!



1. Add module for Compaq Netelligent 10/100 PCMCIA NIC ?

I'm trying to get networking working properly on a Compaq LTE 5300 laptop
under RH7. When 6.1 was on there, I just plugged in a Compaq Netelligent
10/100 PC card NIC, started the laptop and started /etc/init.d/network -
Everything worked fine. Now that I've installed RH7 (with the card in
place), it's no go. I get no errors, but every attempt to access the
network results in "network unreachable". Plus, the LED on the pigtail
stays red all the time. This goes into to a 100mb switch, cnfigured not to
autonegitiate (which can't be changed).

I've taken a look at the PCMCIA HOWTO and it recommends using what looks
like a Xircom module (xirc_whatever). However, this module isn't visible
on the kernelcfg list at 800x600 (the best the LCD panel will do). In
fact, it's not on my home PC, either, where I can see the whole list.

Am I barking up the wrong tree? I've looked in /etc/pcmcia, but there's
network.opts as the HOWTO suggests.

I seem to remember that under RH6.x when you ran kernelcfg and added or
removed a module, you needed to restart the kernel daemon. There's no such
option with the kernelcfg in RH7. Is this all dynamic now?

If I headed in the wrong direction, I'm open to advice.

Thanks for any help.


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