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Old 04-08-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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Ethernet options


I am having no luck getting my ethernet device to work. It is a Dec 2104 chipset comm slot II card. I am not sure if these work under linux. Does anyone know?

I am using Ubuntu 5.10 and it tries to use the tulip module, but it doesn't even turn on the activation light on my hub. I did get the light on using de4x5 but ubuntu keeps reverting to de2104x and know i can't get it back to de4x5.

If it can't work what are my options? Are usb ethernet adaptors supported? I actually don't have a usb port but i have an open pci slot. If i get a usb/firewire card is their any compatability issues?
Oh and would it be easier to use a wired or wireless usb adaptor?
 
Old 04-08-2006, 12:23 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

I don't know the card, what output do you get for it
from lspci?

As for the USB:
Why the hassle? Get a 9 dollar Realtek 8139 based
ethernet card and you'll be sweet :}


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Old 04-08-2006, 01:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for the fast reply

lspci gives

0000:0011:0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corpration DECchip 21041 [Tulip Pass 3] (rev 21)

The card says 21041-PA on the chip as well as digital. Other than that there are no marking to indicate brand and I didn't buy it so I haven't a clue.

Right now I have de4x5 module up and the activation light is on. My router table is blank. ifconfig gives no mac adress and the inet6 adrress is fe80::fdff:ffff:feff:fffff/64

Why bother with usb? well I only have one pci slot and it would be nice to have a usb card in it. I might want to hook something up. I think the card you sugested was pci where as the card I am trying to use now is Comm Slott II.

Again thanks for the fast reply
 
Old 04-08-2006, 01:17 AM   #4
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Did you come across this post when you searched our site?

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=340183

I see where you're coming from regarding the USB now :}


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Old 04-08-2006, 01:45 AM   #5
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Yup

That forum was somewhat helpful.

I am using ubuntu and have no modprobe.conf So far I like this distro othre thna the fact that all the files seem to have different names and some of the gui tools are different.
Anyways. I ran modprob -r de2104x
and modprobe de4x5 then reactivated the server. Green light comes on but i can't even ping my router. I can ping myself but thats not much. When I reboot it switches back to de2104x so i can't tell if rebooting fixes anything.

I do have a modules file and i put de4x5 in it, and ubuntu uses hotplug so i blacklisted tulip and de2104x but it still comes back
 
Old 04-08-2006, 01:49 AM   #6
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What happens if you just create a modprobe.conf and put it
in? I'm sure that ubuntu didn't screw up that badly that
it won't honour the file if it exists; after all, even with
hot-plugging, the modules are still modules and using the same
modprobe/insmod commands...

[edit]
Just had a look on my wifes machine (she runs Ubuntu 5.10 for
x32_64 on her Athlon64 rig), and there's a /etc/modules that
they seem to use to load modules unconditionally.[/edit]


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Old 04-08-2006, 02:07 AM   #7
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hmm

Some ideas are so brilliant that you kick yourself for not thinking of them, but sometimes they still don't work.

Made file and rebooted. run lsmod and have both de2104x and de4x5.
if i rmmode both and add de4x5 i am back where i started.

Yeah i put de4x5 in the modules file and it loads now along with de2104x
sadly two drivers are not better than one

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The next option would be to rename the offending module ...
probably not the ubuntu way of doing things, but then I
don't like them anyway ;}

Code:
mv /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/de2104x.ko.bak

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Old 04-08-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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I renamed it as suggested but it still loaded on reboot, so I renamed it to thatotherone.bk and still it loads.
I am going to try mvoing it to another folder.
 
Old 04-08-2006, 01:53 PM   #10
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nope... I ran rmmod and moved the renamed file but it still comes back on boot
 
Old 04-08-2006, 03:49 PM   #11
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Just as a side note ubuntu is the best I can find to install. Debain never would install right. I tried gentoo but on my machine it would take about a day just to compile and install the kernel. Yellowdog 4.0 worked pretty well but they had sound trouble that was fixed in 4.1 but 4.1 will install but not boot on old world machines. Ubuntu doesn't support old world macs but the kernel works well on them. If anyone has other suggestions for oldworld macs I'm willing to try.
 
  


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