: >| The 0.88 driver included in the Linux 2.0.34 (and up) kernel has
: >| problems with media negotiation on the PNIC chip. The latest driver
: >| from the Tulip web site works quite well, as it should (since Donald
: >FWIW, you don't need to go to the web site to get the driver. It comes
: >on the floppy in the "linux" directory. I've already compiled 2.0.35 with
: >that driver and it works OK.
: The driver that comes with the new FA310TX has been thoroughly dissed
: by Donald Becker. He says he did not do the work on that version, that
: whoever did the work on that version put some delays into it that
: adversely affect the performance of the card, and that it is an older,
: buggy version of the Tulip driver that some unknown person hacked for
: Netgear (Netgear says that the PNIC folks provided the hacked driver,
: the PNIC folks say that Netgear must have done it -- doesn't inspire
: confidence, eh? :-).
: Since Donald is "The Man" when it comes to the Tulip driver, I accept
: his word on it and use his driver rather than Netgear's. It means we
: have to add another floppy to the "ship packet" on the machines we
: ship with an FA310TX installed (an "updated drivers" disk that also
: has an updated Yellowfin Ethernet driver for the DigitalScape combo
: SCSI/Ethernet card), but so it goes.
The driver that comes on the floppy is marked 0.89F and the official
latest version is 0.89H. For me only the 0.89F version works (even though
it has been dissed!)