Hi, I got it to work.
I will explain what i did for those who are having the same problems.
I think the main problem was the card. I have a 3c509 COMBO card, so it has RJ45, BNC and AUI. I had to manually set the transceiver type to TP RJ45.
To do this you have to execute the 3c5x9cfg.exe program that is on the second boot disk, that came along with the card. If you don't have those, you can download it from
If you're like me and didn't have DOS anymore, you can still run the program. Put command.com (from a dos or windows pc) on a disk, and boot your computer from this diskette. You'll get a A:> prompt. Then insert the second boot disk and execute 3c5x9cfg.exe .
The settings I changed are
- Transceiver type (to TP RJ45),
- pnp disabled (I don't know if I had to, but I did it anyway since other sites said this wouldn't harm)
- Modem speed (to "no modem" as I read this somewhere on the internet)
That's about it. Then click OK do write the new settings to the card.
From now on the link on the card was lit, and everything worked like it had to.
Thanks everyone for the advice!
Patrick de Pinguin