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I just bought two D-Link DFE-530TX+ ethernet cards so I could share a DSL modem between my Windows computer and my Linux computer. I put one card in the Windows computer, which recognized it, I told it where the driver was, and I was finished. It took maybe two minutes. I did the same thing with my Linux computer, but it did not say there was anything new like Windows did. The driver is a .c file that I tried to compile several times, but it failed each time due ultimately to missing header files ( .h [that's actually a "dot h" not some maimed emoticon]). All in all, I spent about two hours on it and never got it to work.
Do I have to get this driver going or can Linux do something on my behalf? Also, would a driver compiled by another system work? I found several versions on AllTheWeb.com's FTP search. I'm just too chicken to try it. The file I'd ultimately like to have is rtl8139.o compiled for Red Hat and a kernel version of 2.4.18-3.
I guess I could call the D-Link 24/7 tech support, but they never got to me in the two hours I spent on hold last night, and I have no interest in doing it again.
That's for a DFE-530TX, I've got the DFE-530TX+, which is based on the RealTek 8139 instead of the Via-Rhine. However, while I was looking through that stuff, I found the source for another driver (8319too). I hope this will do the trick.
Just before I read that, I was trying to get everything installed from the command line, but since nothing else was working, I decided to try the "Network Configuration" tool in KDE, which I think is netcfg. It has a list of cards and I figured since my card wasn't listed, that I could find a card with the same chip. I tried it with the SiS 900 settings, but it said it couldn't be initialized. Bummer.