>I really need help to setup OpenLinux 1.1 from Caldera.
>My Linux work fine except the network card cannot be boot and is not
>detect at all.
>My machine is Compaq Deskpro 5133 and the network card is built in.
>My previous machine with ne2000 clone works prefect fine with my network
>and it is running RedHat 5.0.
> [ .. ]
I have a Compaq Deskpro 575 with an AMD PCnet card in it working
just fine under Linux (Redhat 4.2). I don't know what kernel
OL1.1 uses but I do know that AMD PCnet support is a fairly
It's funny actually; I borrowed a NE2000 clone to install Linux
on this machine over the network because I didn't have a CDROM
drive. Anyway, after I finished, I halted, ripped out the ne2000 card,
reenabled the inbuilt AMD PCnet card (using the F10 Compaq menu
on boot) and restarted.
THE MACHINE CAME UP NETWORKED ANYWAY! What the F$%&#$!
What had happened is that since the previous
version on Linux I installed on this machine, AMD PCnet support
had made it in, and even though I configured the machine to use
ne2000 network driver, Linux saw it was missing and somehow loaded
the AMD PCnet driver when it recognised it.
So Linux networking even works when you do your best to kill it.
Another story: some recent IBM machines here have a crystal ethernet
driver which I had never even heard about before. I managed
to get it going by downloading the source for the driver off the
internet, floppyneting to the machine, compiled and modloaded it
and configured it all without needing a reboot. This is the
first time I ha ever compiled or loaded a module for Linux ever.
(Last time I compiled the kernel they didn't have modules)
By comparison, people with NT had a rotten time getting it going.
I not going to guess at the number of reboots they required :-)