I've decided to take an old 486 and move it from Windoze 3.11 over to
RH7.1 or RH7.2 . I swapped out the RTL8009 based NIC for a D-Link
DE-220P and ran the DOS program to set its I/O address and IRQ.
This machine has a CD-ROM, but the RH7.1 boot floppy does not find it.
It's a Mitsumi plugged into a sound card. Perhaps someone can direct
me on getting THAT to work.
I then tried an FTP install using the boot-net floppy. That works up
to the point where it askes what kind of NIC you have, and lists a few
possibilities, but not the one I have. Googling around, I found that
this NIC uses the NE2000 driver, which, I believe is ne.o . I
downloaded it from another machine running RH7.1 (from
/lib/modules/2.4.2-2/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o) and stuck it on a DOS
floppy (and that may be where my problem is). The boot-net program
says "The floppy disk you inserted is not a valid driver disk for this
release of Red Hat Linux." I imagine the problem might be that I
copied it to the floppy on a dos machine. If that's so, is there an
image I can use rawrite to make this disk with? If that's not the
problem... what am I doing wrong?
Eventually, it'd be nice to also have the CD running, but at this
point, I consider the NIC more important.