I would like to ask a general question first, as I don't know, but learning. I thought if you make a kernel module instead of directly building support into the kernel that it would load when needed, or does it? For example, Redhat 9.0 has kernel module support built into the kernel by default for most 3com network cards at that date, and lets say after installation
I install one. Will the kernel load the module into itself allowing me to use the device or do I have to. How do you know it even has support when it does, if it doesn't configure itself and work then what command can I use to check that I can bring if up by using ifconfig eth0 up. Is their also a way to check what modules the kernel has at its disposal, not what is loaded
. I ask this because as you can guess I'm running Redhat 9.0 and have no network support(I have to use this version for a commercial application that depends on the kernel for driver support) and I'm running on a nforce 3 mobo with a 1000M/b 3com network card. Any help would be appreciated, yes I did install the rpm kernel patch for nforce 3 for redhat 9.0 and it didn't change anything, although I installed I think the wrong one, as I looked I had kernel 2.4.20-8 and I installed ~2.4.20-6.rpm by accident and when using rpm -e <name> it just says not installed, but I saw it load.