Some Questions on 3C589C PCMCIA Network Card

Some Questions on 3C589C PCMCIA Network Card

Post by John Morgan Salom » Tue, 29 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Hi all,

I have two questions regarding 3C589C PCMCIA network cards.

1) I read somewhere that in order to get 3Com Etherlink III PCMCIA
   network cards working correctly, you had to use exactly the same
   IRQ/port values stored on the card's NVRAM.  Apparently, 3Com has
   a program which runs only under MS-DOS and which will do the detection
   for you.  I can't find the article anymore, nor can I find any usable
   pointers on 3Com's web page.  Can someone give me a tip of how to
   go about this, what I need to download, etc?

2) I'm trying to install the 3Com card on a NEC Versa M/75.  The PCMCIA
   adapter on it is ancient and strange;  I tried PAO, which doesn't pick
   it up at all.  I don't know where to look for type descriptions, since
   I already took the laptop apart and found nothing.   NEC's webpage is
   unhelpful as well.  Has anyone ever dealt with one of these beasts
   and gotten its PCMCIA adapter to work?  I'd appreciate any hints.

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1. Q: Network problems with 3COM 3c589C pcmcia


 I'm trying to get my laptop to recognize the network, without much luck. When
booting the Slakware 1.2.13 kernel, I get the messages

 SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
 SIOCSIFNETMASK: No such device
 SIOCSIFBRDADDR: No such device
 SIOCADDRT: Network unreachable
 SIOCADDRT: Network unreachable

and I have no contact with the outside world through my 3COM 3c589C pcmica
network card. I've tried changing the uncommented lines in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1,
but all that happens is that the order of the messages changes, and the network
stays dead!

The network, broadcasting, gateway and nameserver adresses have all been checked
against those on a different PC in the same network, running the exact same
kernel version (even from the same CD!), but with a working network connection.
So, the IP adresses should be correct - and the card is OK, as I can use the
network when I run Win95 instead of Linux (but who wants to do that?!)

I don't think this is a machine specific problem, as yet another PC on this
network gets the same error messages as mine, and this is a regular PC, not a
laptop. Anyway, here are som machine specs:

P120 CPU, 16MB RAM, Trident LCD9320 1024kb SVGA, 3COM 3c589C pcmcia card, 1.2GB
disk, PCI bus.

To finish on a happy note, I've got X running beautifully in 800x600 - it's

I hope someone can help me!!! Thanks in advance!




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