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Old 06-24-2004, 08:17 PM   #1
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Need Help setting up D-Link DFE-530TX+ Ethernet card


I just installed Red Hat 7. on a 586. I'm fairly new to Linux but I would like to be exclusive. Right now I'm switching back and forth from Red Hat to Win 2xxx to access the internet.
I need help with my Ethernet card, I read the card I have is compatible and I have read a few articles about installing drivers on Linux but they all assume that you have Prior Linux Knowledge. I tried downloading the driver from D-Link But it came in a text/html format, am I suppose to install that in the kernel? I also read that drivers come in "modules" (what is a module?) Does anyone know of any sites where i can get this information including installing, configuring, networking etc.. of ethernet cards.
I am also sharing my internet connecton with my rommate across a Link Sys Router with my roommate running win 2xxx or Xp ? Any conflicts? Suggestions apreciated. Peace!
 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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Try (as root)
modprobe tulip
or
modprobe via-rhine

If either of them work, add that module to your
/etc/modules.conf






Cheers,
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Old 06-24-2004, 09:15 PM   #3
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Red Hat 7 is quite old. I don't know if it has built-in support for your network card. The DFE-530TX+ is quite common, I use one myself, so there is a good chance it may support it.

A module in linux is synonymous to a driver in Windows. My DFE-530TX+ uses the rtl8139 chipset to function. Unfortunately there are several variations of the card that uses different chipsets. If the kernel you are using does not have built-in support for your network card, you can try loading either tulip, via-rhine, or 8139too. My DFE-530TX+ uses the 8139too module.

First, test to see if your network card is already recognized
At the command line prompt, try entering
Code:
ifconfig eth0
You may get something like this if it is recognized
Code:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:E9:A0:87
          inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fee9:a087/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:202372 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:168784 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:215486089 (205.5 MiB)  TX bytes:15644789 (14.9 MiB)
          Interrupt:18 Base address:0x1080
If you get an error message like
Code:
eth0:  error fetching interface information: Device not found
Then you need to load a module to get support for your network card

Adding support for your network card
Red Hat provides a graphical utility to setup network cards. At the command prompt, type in
Code:
redhat-network-config
I haven't used Redhat in a long time, so I don't remember the steps. Hopefull you'll be able to figure it out on your own from the options given or the tips that Tinkster gave solved your problem already.

Here's a tutorial I found if you need it, covers Red Hat 7
http://www.ncsu.edu/resnet/pages/setup/redhat.php

Last edited by comp12345; 06-24-2004 at 09:57 PM.
 
Old 06-26-2004, 07:29 PM   #4
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Hey I just want to say Gracias to Comp and Tinkster for the help.
I'm off to linux to try it.
 
Old 06-26-2004, 08:44 PM   #5
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I wasnt able to get tulip or via-rhine to work, I got error messeges on both. What exactly do tulip and via-rhine do? Where is the 8139too module located? "find couldnt find it"
 
Old 06-27-2004, 01:43 PM   #6
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They're kernel modules, the equivalent of window's drivers ...
If they can't be found/located you may need to upgrade
your kernel, even though it's hard to believe, tulip modules
have been around for quite a while...

They'd usually live somewhere under /lib/modules/<kernel-version-mumble>


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