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Old 07-28-2004, 01:43 AM   #1
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Newbie - Installing Network Card, Debian

- Info:

HP Pavillion ze4600 laptop that came with M$ XP Home that I thought was the devil. I just downloaded and installed Debain Linux bf2.?

- Question:

The network card I have isn't on the driver list built into Debian. I went to the manufacturer's website on my other computer and found they had a linux version. I burned it and put it on my laptop. There's three files with the drivers name and .o, .h, .c extentions along with a makefile thing. I read the instructions and I tried "make", with root login, first, it gave a bunch of errors. I tried insmod for .o file and it said it cannot read ELF header. Is this just a kernel incompatibility?

- In Short:

How do I install a network card manually?

I've read about other people doing it with slightly older version laptops but the same network card.

The network chip is a "National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815", just compile that into the kernel and it works a treat.

He made it sound easy... "just compile it into the kernel". Compile and kernel don't mix; I'm still in the "error in kernal32.dll" windows mindset.

pcmcia-cs is installed and cardmgr is running. I have no clue what they do, but apparently it's important, and they're doing it on startup.

Thanks for the help in advance,
Old 07-28-2004, 08:26 AM   #2
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you have to compile the kernet to get that network card support.

Perhaps your distro have already the driver compiled like a module. Search in /lib/modules a file called natsemi* (I think this is the kernel module for the National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 network card). If it exists you can add a line like this to your /etc/modules file:

#EA 09/12/2002: load module natsemi eth "NatSemi DP83815 Fast Ethernet"

or try:
/sbin/modprobe natsemi
insmod natsemi.


Last edited by Goala; 07-28-2004 at 08:29 AM.
Old 07-28-2004, 03:10 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot! Everything you said worked =D.

I go into pppoeconf and it says eth0 detected. It scans for PPP Concentrator access. The scan fails. It's plugged in. It says it could be that another device is using the modem.

I installed pcmcia_core from the pcmcia section is that a problem? Any ideas on how I could see which devices are conflicting?

pppoe -k
says "timout waiting for PADO packets"... =/ I don't know what this means

Thanks for the help!

Last edited by eliteskills; 07-28-2004 at 03:18 PM.
Old 07-29-2004, 04:14 AM   #4
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hi again!

sorry but I know nothing about pppoeconf. Perhaps you should open a new thread with this question.

Good luck!


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