I'm playing with Linux and have had it installed for all of two days. I'm running Red Hat 7.1 currently. (work is going to require the use of RH 7.2 with VMWare ESX server here very soon so I'm trying to ramp up a bit.)
The install went fairly well, but my NIC wasn't detected. I'm using the Mastering Red Hat Linux 7.1 book by Sybex as a guide to learning this stuff. Found it cheap at a bookstore.
After some serious digging in the book and online, I've got my linuxconf set to detect the module to load the driver pointing to /lib/2.4.2-2/modules/kernel/drivers/net/8319too.o
Which is the driver I have found out on the net is appropriate for the D-Link DFE-530TX card that I have installed in the system.
When I boot or restart the deamon the system returns that the module wasn't found. However, when I go to a terminal and do a /sbin/insmod and append the path listed above, the NIC will load and obtain an IP from my DHCP server. Takes a while to get an address, but it does come back with one. Looks as if I'm sending almost 40 packets to get an address back. Seems a bit heavy to me, but maybe that's normal.
I've found a thread from 2002 talking about removing the PNP stuff from BIOS and have tried that to no avail. I'm not aware of any IRQ conflicts but really wouldn't know how to go about verifying what IRQ's the system has in use at boot time anyway.
Why will inserting the module work from the command line, but not from the GUI admin app?
Also... (purely newb question here) why is it that I have to use the full path to use the insmod command even if I'm sitting in the /sbin dir?
TIA for any assistance.