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Old 11-22-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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network interface probelm


I have a very old notebook (486dx4 8 M Ram, 400 Mb HDD), with an i82365 pcmcia chipset and a dlink dfe-650TX network card. I have debian 2 (with kernel 2.0.34) installed.

My problem is, that I can't get the interface up. The card works, I tried in an other notebook. The pcmcia slot should work too...

I insmodded pcmcia_core, i82365, pcnet_cs (heard, this one's for my pcmcia card) 8390 (came automatically with the pcnet_cs module)

No problems so far (insmod doesn't complain at all). I also have an entry in the /etc/modutils/conf.generic file which says:

alias eth0 8390
(also tried alias eth0 pcnet_cs, same result)

this should do the trick, shouldn't it?

Well, it doesn't. When I type at the console infconfig eth0 up, i get eth0: unknown interface. So, what did I forget?

Thanks for everything.


PS: no, i won't fuzz away with installing ANYTHING from floppies again, so I have to get this card up an' running with default tools (no gcc), that came on one of the 5 (!!!) floppies of debian.
Old 11-22-2004, 07:07 PM   #2
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2.0 kernel? I would think you would have a better chance with a more up-to-date one/two floppy based mini-distro (yes, I read the ps, but what's the alternative?). Must be something around with good networking tools.

Sorry I don't have a specific recommendation, but I would think all the improvements and refinements that have gone into the kernel/drivers since v2.0 would be worth a lot.
Old 11-23-2004, 05:30 AM   #3
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You're right, kernel 2.6 is nice, but 30 megs if i didn't miss anything (thats a few floppies, I simply don't have).

But it's ok now, i resolved the problem, the pcmcia service crashed, and I had no entry for my network card in /etc/pcmcia/config. I inserted one, talked to the pcmcia daemon, asked him to please run, and now it's working.

Thanks anyway.



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