3c509b combo in Linux driver?

3c509b combo in Linux driver?

Post by Donald Beck » Sat, 06 Dec 1997 04:00:00

>I have an AMD K-6 200, using RedHat w/kernel 2.0.30, and a
>3c502b ethernet card. All of my routing tables are correct,
>and the ifconfig seems fine.  I can ping localhost and the
>hostname (and IP address) and I still get the message
>"3c509: WARNING! Module load-time probing works reliably only for EISA

This is an old version.
The 3c509 ISA probe is mostly safe -- it's very similar to ISA PnP.

Quote:>Someone mentioned in another message about an update v1.14.
>Please inform as to where exactly to download this driver.

RedHat-4.2 users may install this as
rpm -i --replacefiles


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1. Problem getting Linux to recognize 3Com 3C509B-Combo ethernet card

Hi all,

I've noticed there's a couple of other people with similar problems
regarding the 3C509B ethernet card.  Here's my problem:

I have a 3C509B-Combo (10BaseT, 10Base2) card installed in my PC.
This machine can also boot DOS and Windows NT 3.5, and under NT the
network operates perfectly, so I know the card is installed and
configured correctly, and that all the cabling, hubs, etc. are working

Noticing from Pat Traynor's post that the Plug and Play feature might
be a problem with Linux and the 3C509, I booted DOS and used the
3C5x9cfg.exe file included on the floppy which was sold with the
3C509, to change "Plug and Play" to "Disabled".  Unfortunately, the
network was still unreachable when I rebooted Linux.  Then I
reinstalled LILO (so as to add a 5 sec delay instead of immediately
launching Linux) so I could type the following line at the Linux boot

LILO: linux ether=11,0x300,0,1,eth0

but that didn't help either.

Here are the pertinent lines from the boot sequence:

Going multiuser...
SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
SIOCSIFNETMASK: No such device
SIOCADDRT: Network is unreachable
SIOCADDRT: Network is unreachable
Mounting remote file systems...

Doesn't even look like it's probing for my card, which I thought
should have been taken care of when I disabled P&P.

I also downloaded the 3c5x9setup.c file as suggested by Helmut
Staudinger in response to Pat's posting, but couldn't compile it due
to a bunch of errors associated with inw, inwc, outw, and outwc.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I need to recompile my kernel or do a bunch of
black magic to get this thing working or not; I believe that there
must be some silly little thing that I haven't managed to configure
properly, and I just need to fix it.

So, if anybody has Linux networked with a 3C509B card, could you let
me know if you used any special procedures?

Thanks a lot!!


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