I recently bought a Compaq Presario 17XL2 ("build your own") laptop. It came
with what they call a Compaq MiniPCI Combo 56k modem and 10/100 ethernet
card. I'm trying to get the NIC to work in Linux (Mandrake 7.1), but it's
not recognized by the kernel. There's no mention of it during bootup or in
dmesg, and /proc/pci says:
Bus 0, device 9, function 0: Ethernet controller: Unknown vendor Unknown
device (rev 8). Vendor id=14f1. Device id=1803. Medium devsel. Fast
back-to-back capable. BIST capable. IRQ 9. Master Capable. Latency=160.
Min Gnt=20.Max Lat=40. I/O at 0x1400 [0x1401]. Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory
at 0xf4000000 [0xf4000000].
I cannot figure out exactly what this thing is because I'm getting
I called Compaq technical support, and the guy I talked to said it was an
Intel product, gave me a couple of part numbers (198721-001 for the NIC,
198720-001 for the modem) and suggested I call Intel to find out what driver
to use. Intel technical support said they didn't know about the product,
it's probably an OEM so I won't find any info about it on their website, but
it might be a Pro 100 so I should try the e100 driver. Well, I downloaded
and compiled the e100 driver, but when I try to load it with insmod it just
says "Device or resource busy", just like every other driver I've tried to
I can't find a single mention on the web or in the newsgroups about anyone
installing Linux on a Presario 1700 series laptop, or trying to get a Compaq
MiniPCI ethernet card to work in Linux. What I did find, though, makes me
suspcious: the vendor id (14f1) matches that reported by Conexant (formerly
Rockwell?) modems. However, I can't find any evidence that Conexant makes a
MiniPCI ethernet card, only modems. So what type of beast is this?
I put in another call to Compaq, but I don't expect an answer for a while.
Is there anyone out there who has gotten ethernet working on a Presario 1700
laptop and/or a Compaq MiniPCI combo card?
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