I can use some help from the more experienced people here. I'm trying
to set up a linux box with 2 Ethernet interfaces but so far have been
frustrated by a combination of problems. I could get one of the cards
to work, but not both.
Here's the hardware and the source of the problem: I have an ALR box
with a no-name plug-and-play BIOS, a 3Com 509 Ethernet card, and a 3Com
900B-TPO Ethernet card (and several other cards I don't plan to use
but are currently plugged in). I'm using the Red Hat 5.0 distribution.
I could get the 509 card to work, but no matter what I do, I couldn't
get the 900B to work, alone or in combination with the 509 card. When
booting up, I got the message "delaying eth1 initialization" and nothing
I tried could get the interface to work.
As you can probably tell, I'm faced with a number of issues: two
Ethernet cards, plug-and-play, plug-and-play with ISA cards, card not
recognized by the driver (Becker's 3c59x driver doesn't know about the
'B' model of the 900. I tweaked the driver to make it recognize the
card, hoping that 900 and 900B are essentially identical). I have
problem with determining what the BIOS thinks is the hardware
configuration of the box. As the box is a linux-only box, I don't have
Windows to fall back onto (to set the BIOS and the cards to a known
Any help will be appreciated. Please respond by posting.
Thanks in advance.
--The Bug Hunter