3c905B with kernels <= 2.0.32

3c905B with kernels <= 2.0.32

Post by Ryan Chase Bore » Fri, 08 May 1998 04:00:00



The topic of 3c905B (3Com Fast Etherlink XL 10/100 PCI) support has
been brought up in numerous threads from those using Red Hat 5.0 and
other distributions which ship with kernel versions <= 2.0.32.  Here
is my attempt to squash any further questions on the subject.

First of all, stock 2.0.32 does not support 3c905B.  To fix this, you
really should upgrade your kernel.  Besides 3c905B support, the newer
stable kernels have many nice and necessary additions and fixes.  That
said, if you are too lazy or too impatient to download, configure,
build and deploy a new kernel then read on.

First, go get the latest 3c59x driver (v0.99D) at:

ftp://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/3c59x.c

v0.99D was, until recently, located in linux/drivers/test and v0.99
lived in the linux/drivers spot.  If you picked up v0.99 then you
probably had problems receiving ICMP packets (pinging), arping, and
perhaps receiving anything at all.  v0.99D does not have these
problems.

Alright, you now have the new driver.  Compile it with:

gcc -DMODVERSIONS -DMODULE -D__KERNEL__ -I/usr/src/linux/net/inet -O6 -c 3c59x.c

This compiles the driver as a module.

Now install it to /lib/modules:

install -m 644 3c59x.o /lib/modules/`uname -r`/net/

For those using stock RedHat 5.0 "uname -r" produces 2.0.32.

The driver is ready to load using "insmod 3c59x".

After running insmod, verify the driver is loaded with lsmod and by
looking at the end of /var/log/messages (or wherever you point syslog
to) for lines resembling:

3c59x.c:v0.99D 4/26/98 Donald Becker http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/v
ortex.html
loading device 'eth0'...
eth0: 3Com 3c905B Cyclone 100baseTx at 0x6500, 00:10:4b:70:8f:ce, IRQ 11
  8K byte-wide RAM 5:3 Rx:Tx split, autoselect/NWay Autonegotiation interface.
  Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame receives.

All done.  If you would like to configure Red Hat to load the driver
module at startup then add this line to /etc/conf.modules:

alias eth0 3c59x

If you have any problems or questions consult
http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/vortex.html before posting.
Much of the information in this post was gathered from there.

/ryan

 
 
 

3c905B with kernels <= 2.0.32

Post by root » Sat, 09 May 1998 04:00:00



> The topic of 3c905B (3Com Fast Etherlink XL 10/100 PCI) support has
> been brought up in numerous threads from those using Red Hat 5.0 and
> other distributions which ship with kernel versions <= 2.0.32.  Here
> is my attempt to squash any further questions on the subject.

> First of all, stock 2.0.32 does not support 3c905B.  To fix this, you
> really should upgrade your kernel.  Besides 3c905B support, the newer
> stable kernels have many nice and necessary additions and fixes.  That
> said, if you are too lazy or too impatient to download, configure,
> build and deploy a new kernel then read on.

> First, go get the latest 3c59x driver (v0.99D) at:

> ftp://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/3c59x.c

> v0.99D was, until recently, located in linux/drivers/test and v0.99
> lived in the linux/drivers spot.  If you picked up v0.99 then you
> probably had problems receiving ICMP packets (pinging), arping, and
> perhaps receiving anything at all.  v0.99D does not have these
> problems.

> Alright, you now have the new driver.  Compile it with:

> gcc -DMODVERSIONS -DMODULE -D__KERNEL__ -I/usr/src/linux/net/inet -O6 -c 3c59x.c

> This compiles the driver as a module.

> Now install it to /lib/modules:

> install -m 644 3c59x.o /lib/modules/`uname -r`/net/

> For those using stock RedHat 5.0 "uname -r" produces 2.0.32.

> The driver is ready to load using "insmod 3c59x".

> After running insmod, verify the driver is loaded with lsmod and by
> looking at the end of /var/log/messages (or wherever you point syslog
> to) for lines resembling:

> 3c59x.c:v0.99D 4/26/98 Donald Becker http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/v
> ortex.html
> loading device 'eth0'...
> eth0: 3Com 3c905B Cyclone 100baseTx at 0x6500, 00:10:4b:70:8f:ce, IRQ 11
>   8K byte-wide RAM 5:3 Rx:Tx split, autoselect/NWay Autonegotiation interface.
>   Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame receives.

> All done.  If you would like to configure Red Hat to load the driver
> module at startup then add this line to /etc/conf.modules:

> alias eth0 3c59x

> If you have any problems or questions consult
> http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/vortex.html before posting.
> Much of the information in this post was gathered from there.

> /ryan

um... I'm using a 3c509b card on RH 5.0 with a 2.0.32 kernel, it's working fine..it
was autodetected and worked the first time...

 
 
 

3c905B with kernels <= 2.0.32

Post by Ryan Chase Bore » Sat, 09 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:> um... I'm using a 3c509b card on RH 5.0 with a 2.0.32 kernel, it's working fine..it
> was autodetected and worked the first time...

The 3c509[B] works fine with RH 5.0.  As does the 3c905.  The 3c905B,
however, will fail miserably and make you unhappy.

/ryan