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Old 09-22-2003, 07:32 PM   #1
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Compaq Deskpro 2000 6233MMX daughter board


I have a Compaq Deskpro 2000 6233MMX with a daughter board on it. the daughter board has a modem and sound card connected to it, neither of which I've been able to get linux to detect. I'm beginning to think now that it is not detecting the daughter board. How do I make it detect the daughter board?
 
Old 09-22-2003, 09:29 PM   #2
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Its a P2 233Mhz machine? Both of those cards are probably either ISA, which means hand hammering the modules, or really its a shot in the dark if the modem is supported at all. If either of them are PCI cards (short slot, white, universally), post back with output of:

/sbin/lspci

If they're ISA... well, its a lot of guesswork, what's the big chip on 'em say?

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Old 09-22-2003, 11:28 PM   #3
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They are both ISA, and I have the info to install them, but it seems that the computer isn't detecting the daughterboard that they are attached to, so it doesn't seem to detect these either. Ya, it's a P2 233. How do I find out whether or not the computer is even detecting the daughter board, and if it's not, how do I install it? I tried to get linux to detect both ISA cards using a linux configuration utility I stumbled apon. I got to it using the following steps:
from the non GUI linux, alias DOS
1. type cd /usr/lib
2. type linuxconfig
3. click on peripherals
4. click on Isa Plug and Play
When I did those steps, an error message came up saying, "No ISA device found". That's how I got to the idea that perhaps the computer wasn't detecting the mother board. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 09-23-2003, 03:51 PM   #4
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Or that that board, the BIOS, or just the cards aren't PnP capable. I really would give up on the modem... its possible, but doubtful, although really it is bound to be a hardware modem... hmm, dunno.

What's the info on the sound card, we can try that one first.

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Old 09-23-2003, 06:13 PM   #5
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The sound card is an ESS1868 Plug and Play Sound card by Compaq. I found directions for installing it at http://bmiller.customer.netspace.net...s1868-2.4.html
I started using these instructions, but I couldn't manage to configure the kernel, it said to type in "make menuconfig", but that didn't work. This card is also ISA.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 07:08 PM   #6
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Its an sb.o based card... let's see if the vibra modprobe line works, heck, same chipset really:

/sbin/modprobe sb io=0x220 irq=5 dma=3 dma16=5 mpu_io=0x300

Now, irq=5 might not hack it... check /proc/interrupts and see if 5 is already taken, if so... try: 7,9,11 are big others...

If the module loads at all, and doesn't hork errors, even if it does get an IRQ it can't use, then the daughtercard is probably good and we can see about the modem.

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Old 09-24-2003, 05:03 PM   #7
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It worked. The sound card is up and running fine now thanks a bunch. The one thing is that the volume is really really low. I'm going to try a different CD, but I tried turning all the volumes up, and it was still really quiet. The other thing, this is more of a software question, but you might know the answer. When I go into the configuration area, the window is too big for the screen, which makes it impossible to see the whole window, especially the bottom, do you have any ideas for fixing this? By the way, I think I'm going to wait on installing the modem, because I may be replacing it with a nic card soon anyways.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 05:37 PM   #8
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In the file:

/etc/X11/XF86Config

Down at the bottom:

Code:
Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     1
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     4
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     8
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     15
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     16
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     24
                Modes    "1024x768"
                ViewPort 0 0
        EndSubSection
EndSection
The DefaultDepth is the important part, if this is an older machine, I wouldn't set it higher then 16, the viewport section will constrain the virtual screen area to the limitations of the physical screen. Also, might want to only try 800x600... depends on your card of course, which I don't know...

Volume being really low? Hmm... mixer settings cranked and the the volume on the speakers up?

Cheers,

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Old 09-25-2003, 01:57 AM   #9
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I have too have a riser card on a real old pentium 90 (future firewall) with two available pci slots. I was skeptical about them even working until I ran the /sbin/lspci... I see both of them, but kudzu won't install them. Do I have to install drivers manually? RH8
 
Old 09-25-2003, 03:47 PM   #10
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Who knows, kudzu just doesn't work sometimes. What are the two cards via the output of /sbin/lspci? Also, is the P90's PCI bios 2.x compliant, it might be too old to even talk to those PCI cards. What's the output of:

dmesg | grep -i "PCI BIOS"

If it brings back something like 2.1 it should be fine... 2.0 might not be compliant with the card.

Cheers,

Finegan

P.S.

Its a bit rude to nose into an already going thread if its not really related. A riser card is a riser card, but this really a different problem entirely. When in doubt, start a new thread, but we'll stick with here for now.
 
Old 09-25-2003, 10:58 PM   #11
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The sound card install didn't last, after I rebooted the system, it wouldn't run sound anymore. I still haven't gotten the video problem fixed, your idea didn't do anything. Also, I got the nic card, it's a Kingston KNE2000TLC, I think. I'm going to try to do some research on it soon.
 
Old 09-25-2003, 11:21 PM   #12
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So what's the XF86Config file look like now?

Also, you'll have to reload the module for the sound card with those parameters every time the machine boots. There's a way to do it by putting a line in /etc/modules.conf, but I would have to look up the syntax, the easiest way is just to add the whole line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local, it gets run last on boot.

The Kingston, PCI card right? I think that's either a tulip, an old_tulip, or an ne2k-pci, modprobe all three of those and see.

Cheers,

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Old 09-26-2003, 01:04 AM   #13
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I apoligize for breaking into this forum, I had another open with the same question. Unfortunately, I had no good leads...

Anyway, the cards are Realtek RTL8139D.... The actual /sbin/lspci output is: 00:0c.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.: Unknown device 8119 (rev 10)

The "PCI BIOS" output is: PCI BIOA revision 2.10 entry at 0xf13f0, last bus=0
 
Old 09-26-2003, 01:18 AM   #14
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Vanilla cards, solid BIOS, they should show up with a:

/sbin/modprobe 8139too

Check dmesg after that to see if there's a horked load. If I remember right I think there was a release of the 8139 that 2.4.18 doesn't support, that might be the problem... hmm... if you run an up2date -u and get the new kernel to fix the ptrace root bug I think that has the fix in it, that is... if the modprobe doesn't work.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 09-26-2003, 01:21 AM   #15
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I just realized an up2date -u won't do anything if you don't have a network connection... duh, if the module horks I'll point you at where to get the source code, it'll fit on a floppy. Make certain you've got gcc on there, and... yeah, probably the whole kernel source for 2.4.18 (specifically the RPM from the cd, not kernel.org). Got room for that on that old crate?

Cheers,

Finegan
 
  


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