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Old 09-04-2003, 11:33 PM   #1
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Exclamation ISA NIC problems in Mandrake 7.2




Hello

I installed Mandrake 7.2 last night on an unsued Gateway 686/300. Its got a Kingston KNE20T (ISA) in it. I want to set up apache on it (eventually) and use it as a small server. But first I've got to get my damned NIC working!...

So Kingston's website tells me to use the "ne" kernel module and set its net device to eth0, which i did using DrakConfig. I have a static IP, and also entered all of my IP, subnet, router, etc... info into LinuxConfig.

My problem (I think) is that I don't know what IRQ to use (I don't have a windows machine around - is there another way to find out?). somewhere along the process of trying to set this up I got a message saying to use "0xNNN" for the I/O address, so I entered that using LinuxConfig.

when i try "ifconfig eth0" it tells me that the device cannot be found...
 
Old 09-04-2003, 11:53 PM   #2
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More details...

After reading a couple threads on similar subjects I have disabled PnP in my BIOS and nothing has changed...
 
Old 09-05-2003, 01:08 AM   #3
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anpther update...

After some more fiddling I have not gotten any further.
Everything seems to make me believe i have to use a windows machine to find out the proper IRQ and I/O values so I can stick those into my linux settings. The card is PnP though, so I'm assuming it has been set by windows the last time it was used. Isnt there some program in linux i can use to probe the card and find out those values? I don't necessarily need to change them...
I checked out my modules.conf file and it has:

alias eth0 ne
options ne io=0x300 irq=4

I know that the I/O is wrong because when i do ifconfig eth0 it tells me that no NE*000 can be found at that address. I had tried using 0xNNN, and ifconfig still couldnt find the card... does that mean the IRQ is the problem here? I dont know what the IRQ is, 4 was just a guess ( )

I'm pretty stuck at this point
any help is greatly appreciated!
thanks!!
 
Old 09-05-2003, 01:30 AM   #4
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more fiddling...

when i do modprobe eth0 it tells me the following:

Note: /etc/modules.conf is more recent than /lib/modules/2.2.17-21mdk/net/modules.dep
/lib/modules/2.2.17-21mdk/net/ne.o: invalid argument syntax for io: 'x'
/lib/modules/2.2.17-21mdk/net/ne.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.2.17-21mdk/net/ne.o: failed
/lib/modules/2.2.17-21mdk/net/ne.o: insmod eth0 failed

hmmm...
 
Old 09-05-2003, 04:03 AM   #5
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My real question is...

I'm VERY new to linux yesterday was my first day
I have learned so much so fast and can see that i have a lot left to learn!

My important question:
Can I use linux somehow to find out what the IRQ and I/O settings are on my NE2000 NIC? I don't have access to a Windows PC to use QSTART.

thank you!
 
Old 09-05-2003, 05:15 AM   #6
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You don't need a windows PC to use QSTART since it is a DOS based program. What you need is a DOS boot floppy disk. If you don't have one or access to one go to bootdisk.com and download. Hopefully you have a floppy disk drive in your PC.

Once booted you can run the QSTART program to check the configuration of the NIC.

BTW when you see $0xNNN you need to replace NNN with a valid number.

Last edited by michaelk; 09-05-2003 at 05:17 AM.
 
Old 09-07-2003, 06:55 PM   #7
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cant get QSTART to start...

thanks for the help!

I went to bootdisk.com on my friend's PC and created a DOS 6.22 floppy, and loaded the kingston drivers w/ QSTART utility onto a second floppy. I booted up off of the first floppy and then put in the one with the drivers on it. I try to run the QSTART prog but it just hangs on a blue screen. It does the same thing (hangs) on my friend's computer (a new Dell w/ WinXP).

Has anyone had the same problem with QSTART? is there another utility I can use?

thank you!
 
  


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