SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card Help

SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card Help

Post by Rand » Wed, 20 Sep 2000 04:00:00



Running PowerMac 9500 with 604e processor upgrade.  Have LinuxPPC 2.2.16.
Installed an SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card (SMC 1211 series) for additional
bandwidth and determined from SMC web site that the RealTek 8129/8139 driver
is supposed to work with this card.  I compiled the driver delivered with
LinuxPPC 2000 release as a module but it didn't appear to work.  Downloaded
the latest version of this driver from developer's site and compiled it as a
module but it appeared to only partially work.  According to debug logs the
driver was getting overruns and framing errors.

Has anyone gotten this card to work?  If so with what driver?  Can anyone
recommend a good 10/100 PCI Ethernet card for a PowerMac 9500 that will work
properly with LinuxPPC?  If so, could you please give me the details.

Thanks

Rand

 
 
 

SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card Help

Post by Rand » Thu, 21 Sep 2000 04:00:00


FYI,
I found out the following in answer to my original question:

This card apparently should be installed in A1, B1, or C1 PCI slots (first
three from top (bandit 1)) and not the last three on the PowerMac 9500.  I
tried the RealTek 8129/8139 drivers delivered with LinuxPPC 2000, and the
latest driver and latest test driver from
http://www.scyld.com/network/index.html.  The latest test driver hung
LinuxPPC when trying to ping another machine.  The other drivers would
either not work or work briefly and then get an error.

I then found the 8139too driver and tried the version backported to work
with LinuxPPC 2.2.16.  So far (limited use) I have had no problems with this
driver.

Thanks to those that replied.

Rand


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> Subject: SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card Help

> Running PowerMac 9500 with 604e processor upgrade.  Have LinuxPPC 2.2.16.
> Installed an SMC 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card (SMC 1211 series) for additional
> bandwidth and determined from SMC web site that the RealTek 8129/8139 driver
> is supposed to work with this card.  I compiled the driver delivered with
> LinuxPPC 2000 release as a module but it didn't appear to work.  Downloaded
> the latest version of this driver from developer's site and compiled it as a
> module but it appeared to only partially work.  According to debug logs the
> driver was getting overruns and framing errors.

> Has anyone gotten this card to work?  If so with what driver?  Can anyone
> recommend a good 10/100 PCI Ethernet card for a PowerMac 9500 that will work
> properly with LinuxPPC?  If so, could you please give me the details.

> Thanks

> Rand


 
 
 

1. PCMCIA Ethernet Card Driver Problem - SMC EZ Card 10/100 PC Card

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some lists of supported cards, looks like it is supported by tulip_cb.  
However, apparenly tulip_cb has been integrated into tulip for the 2.4
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The card is detected.

"cardctl ident" reveals:

Socket 0:
  no product info available
Socket 1:
  product info: "SMC", "8041TX-10/100-PC-Card", "", ""
  manfid: 0x01bf, 0x8041
  function: 6 (network)

After adding the manfid info to /etc/pcmcia/config, it recognizes the card
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Jan 18 23:54:53 localhost cardmgr[1067]: initializing socket 1
Jan 18 23:54:53 localhost cardmgr[1067]: socket 1: SMC 8041TX-10/100-PC-Card
Jan 18 23:54:53 localhost cardmgr[1067]: executing: 'modprobe cb_enabler'
Jan 18 23:54:53 localhost cardmgr[1067]: executing: 'modprobe tulip'
Jan 18 23:54:54 localhost kernel: Linux Tulip driver version 0.9.15-pre6
(July 2, 2001)
Jan 18 23:54:54 localhost cardmgr[1067]: +
/lib/modules/2.4.9-13/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/original/tulip.o:
init_module: No such device
Jan 18 23:54:54 localhost cardmgr[1067]: +
/lib/modules/2.4.9-13/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/original/tulip.o: insmod
/lib/modules/2.4.9-13/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/original/tulip.o failed
Jan 18 23:54:54 localhost cardmgr[1067]: + Hint: insmod errors can be
caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ
parameters

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