HELP! NE2000 Ethernet card won't work!

HELP! NE2000 Ethernet card won't work!

Post by Patrick Stickl » Sat, 22 Jun 1996 04:00:00


I've been struggling for weeks with getting a small LAN configured. I
have two Macs and a Linux box. The Linux box is connected to the Internet
via a dedicated (24 hours/day) 28.8 SLIP connection. The two Macs
are connected via thin ethernet to the Linux box. Both Macs can see
each other fine and share files, etc., but the Linux box is dead as
far as ethernet is concerned. The SLIP connection to my ISP works
perfectly. I've tweaked and poked and recompiled the kernel time
after time, but I can't get a single packet in or out of the Linux
box's ethernet card.  I've run TCP/IP packet sniffers on both Macs,
and there's no sign of life from the Linux box, no matter what I do.

When I test the card using the diagnostic software it shipped with, it
tests out fine, and there are no IRQ or address conflicts.

I'm using RedHat 2.x with a 1.3.71 kernel. Everything else (except
my sound card, which is another annoyance) works flawlessly.

Does anyone know if the 1.3.71 kernel has any NE2000 driver problems,
or if a later kernel has any updates/extensions/refinements to the
NE2000 driver???

The kernel reports the following upon boot:

   NE*000 ethercard probe at 0x300: 00 40 33 3a dd 86
   eth0: NE2000 found at 0x300, using IRQ 4.

ifconfig reports the following:

   lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
             inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
             UP BROADCAST LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:3584  Metric:1
             RX packets:97 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0
             TX packets:97 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0

   eth0      Link encap:10Mbps Ethernet  HWaddr 00:40:33:3A:DD:86
             inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
             UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
             RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0
             TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0
             Interrupt:4 Base address:0x300

   sl0       Link encap:VJ Serial Line IP  
             inet addr:  P-t-P:  Mask:
             UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING  MTU:1500  Metric:1
             RX packets:1545 errors:0 dropped:0 compressed:1221
             TX packets:2311 errors:0 dropped:0 compressed:561

route reports:

   Kernel routing table
   Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags MSS    Window Use Iface *      UH    1500   0        0 eth0     *      UH    1500   0        0 sl0 *      U     1500   0        0 eth0
   loopback        *            U     3584   0        5 lo
   default     *               UG    1500   0        8 sl0

Any help whatsoever will be *greatly* appreciated.


Patrick Stickler

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