On Sat, 13 Oct 2001 19:42:05 -0500, Leonard Evens staggered into the
Black Sun and said:
>> I've had my 3Com 3c509 NIC working for a few years now, but I've just
>> isntalled RH7.1 and after a few minutes after reloading the network I
>> lose network capabilities until I restart the network again. I also
>> get "Setting Rx mode to 0 Address", then the same thing but "1
>> address". It does that several times before the network comes up. I
>> do not get this message in RH7.0 or any previous version of RH I've
>> installed. Anyone have any hints as to why I'm losing the network
>> after several minutes?
>Is the card a PCI card?
The 3c509 and 3c509B are ISA cards.
Quote:>These things are very difficult to diagnose. Perhaps the card was
>just barely functioning, and a change in the kernel put it over the
>edge. Nics are pretty cheap these days, so you might just replace the
>card to see if that fixes it. Try to get another 3Com card so that
>you can use the same driver. Some cards default to the tulip driver
>but that driver has some problems for some 2.4 kernels.
The 3c509 and 3c509B both use the 3c509 module, which has been around
forever and is very stable. This module takes one parameter, like so:
modprobe 3c509 irq=3
It is necessary to use either the jumpers on the card (3c509), the DOS
3C5X9CFG.EXE (3c509B) or a Linux utility whose name escapes me at the
moment (509B) to set the card to a known IRQ and I/O value. Then you
should just be able to load the module with the appropriate parameter
All versions of Redhat ship with patched, nonofficial kernels, but I had
no problems running a 3c509B with Linus kernels 2.4.10 or 2.2.18. If
this is a problem with Redhat's patched kernel, I'd assume there are
already tens of bug reports. The 509s are pretty popular because you
can get them for cheap and they generally Just Work.
If all else fails, grab kernel 2.4.10 and try it out instead of the
2.4.3-rh-7.1 stock kernel.
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