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>> > Hi ,
>> > Just installed Redhat 6.0. The HOWTO on Ethernet says the tulip driver
>> > will work with the Etherfast 10/100 cards, with the exception of some
>> > proprietary PNIC chipsets.
>> The PNIC chipsets are a Tulip clone chipset. Boards with these chipsets
>> don't work well with the version of the kernel included with RH 6.0
>> (though I've seen some reports of success, so perhaps RH patched their
>> install kernel -- but your experience suggests otherwise).
> I'm curious, I'm running RH5.2 and will be updating some to RH6.0
> soon. I've been using Linksys since the first 10/100's came out,
> I've got DEC's, PNIC's and Linksys's,
If by this last you mean that you have boards with chips marked "DEC,"
"PNIC," and "Linksys," the ones that are marked "Linksys" are really PNIC
chips -- check your kernel startup messages for confirmation of this.
Quote:> They all work fine with the
> stock RH5.2 tulip (tulip.c:v0.89H). Any specifics on the
> RH6.0/tulip issue?? Point me in a direction.
Most people with PNIC-based boards report that the 0.89H driver does
*NOT* work with their boards, or works unreliably. Some people (like
you) report that it DOES work with their boards. It's conceivable that
there's an interaction between the PNIC chipset and some other hardware
component, or that it's a matter of how the BIOS configures the board
(what IRQ it's given, for instance). I suppose it's also possible that
there are different revisions of the PNIC chipset, or of other components
on the boards, and that some work with 0.89H and others don't.
In any event, Red Hat 6.0 ships with the 0.89H driver, so in theory you
should see no change in network card compatibility if/when you upgrade.
If you do, you can get an updated tulip.c file from
http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/tulip-devel.html, drop it into
your kernel source tree in drivers/net, and recompile the kernel or
modules to get it to work.
Quote:> I've got them running in everything, Win(NT,95,98), Novell 3 and
> 4, RH5.2 without a hitch, I hate the thought of having to use
> something different for RH6.0.
You don't. While some people have reported an inability to get some Tulip
clones working with Linux even with updated drivers, I've not seen such
reports for the Linksys boards, and in fact I've got one in one of my
systems and it works fine with the updated drivers (I'm using 0.90q, but
there are more recent files than that available now).
Quote:> One of the LinkSys marked chips that requires a ROM update for a
> redetection problem with Win98. Is this the problem child? ROM
> upgrade ROMUP.EXE (for LINKSYS chip (168 version))
It is conceivable that the ROM version on the board has something to do
with compatibility with the older Linux drivers, but I can't say for
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